Nominations for Gujarat polls begin, only 3 independents file papers on day 1


The nominations for Gujarat Assembly election today began with the issue of notification for the first phase of the two-phased polls and on day one only 3 candidates filed their papers.

Additional Chief Election Officer A H Manek informed that all the 3 nominations on the first day were of independents and one of these was from Kutch district while two were from Bhavnagar. One independent Pareshkumar Vrujlal Shah filed papers for Bhuj constituency (Kutch) while two other independents Mahendra K Sarvaiya and Rajendrasinh B Jadeja filed nominations for Talaja and Bhavnagar west seats (both in Bhavnagar) respectively.
He said that for the December 9 election ie in the first phase, the notification was issued today with which the nomination process has begun. The last date for nominations for the first phase would be November 21. The date for scrutiny of nomination papers will be November 22. It could be withdrawn till November 24.

Notably in the first phase in which of the total 182 constituencies, 89 of 19 districts from Saurashtra-Kutch and South Gujarat regions (Kutch, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Jamnagar, Devbhomi-Dwarka, Porbandar, Gir-Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad, and Dangs ) will go to polls.

Despite the start of nomination process today none of the prominent political parties including ruling BJP and main opposition Congress have issued any list of candidates. Only AAP party, a non-player of sorts in Gujarat where it has seen humiliating defeat in last Lok sabha election has announced some of its candidates.However Congress and BJP are likely to announce the first lists very soon. BJP’s central parliamentary board meeting in this connection was likely be held on November 15 while GPCC president Bharat Solanki has claimed the first list of around 70 candidates would be announced on by November 16 or 17.

In the second phase on December 14, 93 constituencies of remaining 14 districts of North and Central Gujarat (Ahmedabad, Banaskantha, Patan, Mahesana, Sabarkantha, Aravlalli, Gandhinagar, Anand, Kheda, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara and Chota Udepur) will go to polls.

The notification for the second phase will be issued on November 20 with which the nomination process will begin. The last date for nominations will be November 27. The date for scrutiny of nomination papers will be November 28 while the it can be withdrawn till November 30.

Of the total 4.33 crore voters 2.11 crore will be for the first phase while the remaining 2.21 crores will be able to exercise their franchise in the second phase.

Counting of votes will take place on December 18.

For the first time one booth in each of the 182 constituencies will be managed by women only. The total number of booths is 50128 all of which use EVMs fitted with VVPAT for the polls.


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