Himachal Pradesh votes today, results after 40 days

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Himachal Pradesh votes today, results after 40 days
Himachal Pradesh votes today, results after 40 days

Shimla : Polling for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh assembly in a single phase began amid tight security on Thursday, an election official said here.

Voters across the state could be seen reaching polling stations even before polling started at 8 a.m. despite cold.

"There is no report of any delay in starting the poll process," Chief Electoral Officer Pushpendra Rajput told IANS.

A total of 337 candidates, 19 of them women, are in the fray.

The main contest is between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP).

The Congress has projected incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as its chief ministerial candidate, while Prem Kumar Dhumal is the BJP's. Both are contesting the elections.

A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will decide the fate of the candidates.

The polling will continue till 5 p.m.

The vote count will be held on December 18 along with those of Gujarat.