New Delhi, Oct 25: The Election Commission today announced the key dates for the 2017 Gujarat Assembly Elections which has been decided to take place in two phases-first phase to be held on December 9 and second phase on December 14. The counting of votes has been scheduled on 18th December, while the last date of filing of nominations is November 21.
Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said 50,128 polling booths will be set up for the 2017 Gujarat Assembly Election. 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.'
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.
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 adding that differently-abled voters will be given preference at polling stations.