Himachal votes: All you need to know about the election
The northern hill state of Himachal Pradesh goes to polls today. Here's a ready reckoner.
Polling for all the 68 constituencies began at 8:00 am and go on till 5:00 pm.
There are 338 candidates in the fray. Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP. He faces-off with chief minister Virbhadra Singh of the Congress.
The males contesting the elections outnumber the females by more than 15 times (319 vs 19).
The Indian National Congress (INC): 68
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): 68
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP): 42
Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M): 14
Communist Party of India (CPI): 3
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP): 2
Samajwadi Party (SP): 2
Registered but unrecognised: 27
A total of 5025941 voters will exercise their franchise. They include 2568761 males, 2457166 females and 14 third gender voters. The males and females are evenly balanced.
Constituency with maximum candidates: Dharamshala (12)
Constituency with minimum candidates: Jhanduta (2)
Electorate-wise largest constituency: Sullah
Electorate-wise smallest constituency: Lahaul and Spiti
Area-wise largest constituency: Lahaul and Spiti
Constituency with more than one woman candidate: Mandi (2)
Results will be declared on December 18.
The BJP is hopeful of defeating the incumbent Congress government and getting a clear majority in the state.