The Election Commission today announced the by-election in the Dharamshala and Pachaad Assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh. The By-Election will be held on October 21 and counting of votes will be held on October 24.

The last date of filing nomination will be 30 September and nomination will be scrutinized on 1st October. Candidate can withdrawal his/her candidature by 3rd October.   

Both seats were fell vacant after sitting MLAs Kishan Kapoor (Dharamshala) and Suresh Kashyap (Pachaad) were elected to the Lok Sabha.

The Election Commission has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the by-election in all the polling stations. Commission has announced to provide adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.

In consonance with the past practice, the Election Commission has decided that the voter’s identification shall be mandatory in the aforementioned election at the time of poll’ Electoral Photo Identity cards (EPIC) shall be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the electoral rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said election.

Indian National Congress had fielded Gangu Ram Musafir from Pachhad assembly constituency and Vijay Inder Karan from Dharamshala segment. BJP had fielded Reena Kashyap and Vishal Nehriya from Pachhad and Dharamshala constituencies. Dyal Pyari and Rakesh Kumar as independent candidates have made this by-election triangular contest.  

72.85 per cent polling in Pachhad and 69 per cent in Dharamshala constituency

The By-Election on two assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh conducted peacefully. Electorates in large numbers came out to exercise their franchise. In Pachhad assembly constituency, around 72.85 per cent polling was registered, while in Dharamshala constituency around 69 per cent electorates exercise their franchise.

Overall poll percentage stood at around 69 in By-election in Dharamshala and Pachhad Assembly Constituencies.

202 polling stations were set up in Dharamshala and Pachhad constituencies

The Election Commission had set up total 202 polling stations in Dharamshala and Pachhad Assembly constituencies. Total 113 polling station were set up in Pachhad Assembly constituency and 89 polling booths were set up in Dharamshala constituency. One Auxiliary polling station was set up at Dari in Dharamshala segment. 89 polling parties, consisting of 356 personnel and 113 polling parties, consisting of 452 personnel were pressed into service in Dharamshala and Pachhad Assembly Constituencies.

Counting centres at Dharamshala and Rajgarh colleges

The counting of votes for both constituencies will be held on 24th October. In Pachhad segment counting will be held at Degree College Rajgarh, while counting of votes for Dharamshala constituency will be done at Govt. PG Degree College, and Dharamshala. Counting will start at 8 AM.

Updated on 23 October