Gujarat Assembly election dates announced highlights: State will go to polls on 9, 14 Dec; counting on 18 Dec, says Election Commission

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Gujarat Assembly election dates announced highlights: State will go to polls on 9, 14 Dec; counting on 18 Dec, says Election Commission
  • 13:58 (IST)

    These are the dates for the second phase:

    Date of issue of gazette notification for second phase – November 20
    Last day of nominations date – November 27
    Date of scrutiny of nominations – November 28
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature – November 30
    Date of polling – December 14

  • 13:57 (IST)

    These are the dates for the first phase of the Gujarat elections:

    Date of issue of gazette notification for first phase – 14 November, 2017
    Last day to file nominations – 21 November
    Date of scrutiny of nominations – 22 November
    Last date for withdrawal of candidature – 24 November
    Date of polling – 9 December

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Unprecedented rains delayed announcement on election dates: Election Commission

    When asked why was there a delay in announcing the poll dates for Gujarat, CEC AK Joti said it was due to unprecendented rains. 

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Last date of Nominations is 21 November: CEC AK Joti

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Crucial dates for 2017 Gujarat Assembly election

    CEC announces dates for Gujarat assembly election. Polls to be held in two phases — first phase poll to be held on 9 December and second phase to be held on 14 December.

    Counting on 18 December

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Conduct of govt officials: Discharge duties in impartial and fair manner, says EC.

    Online application for rallies or public meetings, called Suvidha, will be there: EC

    Control room and complaint monitoring centres will be available 24x7, says EC.

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Police, excise department will monitor election expenditure by candidates: CEC AK Joti

    CEC AK Joti said that several agencies, including police and excise department, will be monitoring the election expenditure by candidates. "Elaborate security arrangements will be in place — CRPF will be available to help local police," Joti added.

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Rs 28 lakh ceiling expenditure for candidates: AK Joti

    "Voter helplines will be be made available. Rs 28 lakh is the ceiling of expenditure for candidates. Candidates will have to open separate account and use that for elections," AK Joti said.

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Slips on VVPATs will be counted as a pilot project: CEC

    CEC AK Joti said CCTVs will be installed at border checkposts during the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election. Joti further added that slips on VVPATS will also be counted on some polling booths as a pilot project. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    50,128 polling booths will be set up for the 2017 Gujarat Assembly Election, says CEC AK Joti.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    There will be CCTVs at border check-posts: CEC Joti

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Differently-abled voters will be given preference at polling stations: Joti

  • 13:15 (IST)

    EVMs, VVPATs will be used in Gujarat elections: AK Joti

    The CEC, A K Joti, said EVMs and VVPATs will be used in the elections. It will be ensured that the required number of EVMs and VVPATs is available in the state for the polls, he said. “We have good experience in deployment of VVPATs in polling stations,” Joti added.

  • 13:14 (IST)

    102 all-women polling stations for the polls in Gujarat: AK Joti

    The Model Code of Conduct has come into force from now, says CEC AK Joti. All parties and candidates have to adhere to it, he added. 

    There will be 102 all-women polling stations for the polls in Gujarat, CEC said. 

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Model Code of Conduct applicable from right now: Election Commission

  • 13:08 (IST)

    The 2017 Gujarat Assembly election will take place in 2-phase

  • 13:04 (IST)

    WATCH: Election Commission announces dates for Gujarat Assembly election 2017

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Election Commission press conference begins

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Vijay Rupani most popular choice for CM: Opinion poll

    As the India Today-My Axis India predicted that the BJP will repeat its performance in 2007 and 2012 elections, the survey also found that the incumbent chief minister Vijay Rupani is the most popular choice for the top post. 

    Asked who should be the next chief minister of Gujarat, 34 percent of those surveyed voted in favour of Rupani, who replaced Anandiben Patel in 2016. Anandiben Patel was installed as the chief minister after Narendra Modi vacated the chair to move to Delhi as prime minister after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

  • 12:47 (IST)

    The Congress has a lot of catching up to do in the urban constituencies

    Saurashtra: A BJP fortress which in 2012 was challenged by former chief minister Keshubhai Patel. The Patel leader formed his own regional outfit but only managed to bag just two seats as the BJP negated any and all threats in the region, News18 reported. In fact, the incumbent government won 35 out of 45 seats, as compared to 42 out of 58 in 2007.

    Central Gujarat: The corporative belt of Central Gujarat had once been the stronghold of the Congress party but central districts around Vadodara have seats with a substantial tribal population. The Congress needs to tap into that very group to turn the region into one of its bastions. 

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Urban centres give BJP head start in Gujarat

    A clear head-start in urban Gujarat has provided enough cushion to the BJP to offset any attrition in the social base in rural areas in the last couple of elections, News18 reported.

    The poll outcome of 2012 shows that the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi successfully neutralised challenges from his former mentor Keshubhai Patel by pulverising the Opposition in urban and semi-urban centres of the state. "With a strike rate of 92 percent, the party won 42 out of 46 seats in urban Gujarat. This included 15 of 16 seats in Surat, 15 of 17 in Ahmedabad city, three of Rajkot’s four seats, both city seats of Gandhinagar, all of Baroda’s five and both urban seats of Bhavnagar."

    The Congress has a lot of catching up to do in the urban constituencies if it wants to take a serious aim at government formation as, in effect, BJP’s tally in Gujarat begins from 45. 

  • 12:40 (IST)

    BJP's tally in 2017 could be better than 2012, predicts opinion poll

    According to the survey, the BJP tally could be better than the 2012 results, as the party had won 115 seats with Narendra Modi as the chief minister. Congress had won 61 seats in the 182-member House.

    Axis My India sampled 18,243 respondents — 48 percent said that they would vote for the BJP, while 38 percent said that they would vote for the Congress. "A 10 percent gap in vote share in a bipolar race is enough to ensure that BJP is able to overcome all the anti-incumbency that has been building against the party during its reign in power," the survey further noted.

  • 12:33 (IST)

    BJP will win both Himachal and Gujarat, predicts opinion poll

    Being touted as the 'big battle' by several news channels, the Gujarat Assembly election is this year's highlight in political news. According to India Today-Axis My India survey, the saffron party will comfortably win in both poll-bound states — Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat — with the Congress and other parties trailing the BJP by at least 10 percent of the vote.

    The poll conducted between 15 September to 15 October in all 182 constituencies of Gujarat predicts that the BJP is "projected to win" at least 115-125 seats. Congress, the principal opposition in the western state, is projected to bag between 57-65 seats. According to the survey, BJP could wrest Himachal Pradesh from the Congress by winning 43-47 seats, while Congress may trail with 21-25 seats in the 68-seat Assembly.

    Elections in Himachal Pradesh will be held on 8 November, and the dates for Gujarat elections will be announced today.

  • 12:17 (IST)

    A prestige issue for both Congress, BJP

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been criss-crossing the state since the last two months, holding a series of meetings with groups and leaders not aligned with the two major parties. For the BJP too, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has himself visited the state four times in the last one month, announcing a series of schemes to benefit his home state.

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Gujarat, a BJP bastion

    Gujarat has been a hardcore BJP bastion, with the saffron party enjoying uninterrupted rule in the state since 1995. Seven different chief ministers belonging to the BJP or its allies, including incumbent Vijay Rupani, have been in power in this time.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Two-phase polling in Gujarat, with counting on 18 December

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state is likely to witness a two-phase polling, on 9 and 13 December, with counting set to take place on 18 December, the same day as Himachal Pradesh.

  • 11:48 (IST)

    Election Commission likely to announce poll schedule today at 1 pm

    The Election Commission, which has faced flak over its decision to delay announcing poll schedule for Gujarat Assembly election, is likely to hold a press conference at 1 pm on Wednesday, media outlets have reported.

Amid the row over delays in declaring the Gujarat Assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) is likely to announce the schedule for a two-phase poll in the state on Wednesday, officials said on Tuesday.

 Gujarat Assembly election dates announced highlights: State will go to polls on 9, 14 Dec; counting on 18 Dec, says Election Commission

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According to media outlets, the announcement will take place at 1 pm on Wednesday.

The Commission has been under attack from opposition parties for not having announced the dates for Gujarat Assembly elections along with those in Himachal Pradesh.

The opposition has been alleging that by "delaying" the announcement of the Gujarat polls, the EC was giving time to the BJP government in the state and at the Centre to sidestep the provisions of the model code and offer sops to the electorate to swing votes in favour of the saffron party.

As EC did not announce the election schedule for Gujarat, the Congress had alleged it was done to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to play a "false Santa Claus" and announce freebies for voters before the model code of conduct kicked in.

Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti had defended the decision of announcing Himachal Pradesh's poll schedule before that of Gujarat, saying that multiple factors including the weather, flood relief work and festivities were considered before taking a call on election dates.

The CEC had said while the Gujarat and Himachal polls were announced together in 2012, their schedules were different. He also said the two states had no similarities in geography or weather patterns.

The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly gets over on 23 January 2017.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 24, 2017 16:42:44 IST