As Himachal Pradesh goes to the polls today – November 12, 2022 – the fate of its political leaders is set to be decided for the next five years. Counting of votes will be done on December 8. The state witnessed some high-voltage political campaigns, with political stalwarts across the party line campaigning in the state. It included Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra among others. Here are 10 key points from today’s upcoming elections:
1) Voting is to be held in all 68 assembly seats in the state, most of which (44) went to the BJP in the 2017 assembly elections, in which the Congress was restricted to just 21 seats.
2) According to the Election Commission, there are a total of 55,92,828 voters, out of which 27,37,845 are females, 28,54,945 males and 38 are of third gender. This time the representation of women candidates is 24.
3) The state has seen power alternation between the BJP and the Congress in the past several elections. But this time the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also hoping to make its mark in the state and is contesting all 68 seats.
4) Apart from BJP, Congress and AAP, parties like Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Rashtriya Devbhoomi Party (RDP) are in the fray.
5) According to the Election Commission, a total of 7,881 polling stations have been set up for the polls.
6) Kangra district has maximum 1,625 polling stations while Lahaul-Spiti district has lowest 92.
Polling officials wading through snow with EVMs and other election equipment on their way to polling booths ahead of the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections in Lahaul and Spiti district (Photo: PTI)
7) Major constituencies include Siraj from where Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is seeking re-election. Congress has fielded Chetram Thakur, who had contested from this seat last time as well. Mahinder Rana is the CPI(M) candidate.
8) Around 50,000 government employees are on pole duty. Out of 7881 polling stations, 981 are sensitive and 901 are classified as sensitive.
9) Around 30,000 security personnel, including 67 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and over 11,500 state police personnel, will be deployed for the peaceful conduct of polling in Himachal Pradesh.
10) The state government has declared the polling day as a public holiday for employees of government offices, boards, corporations, educational institutions and industrial establishments in Himachal Pradesh.
(With ANI inputs)