A total of 324 candidates have filed nominations for the two-phase polls to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly since the process began on Nov. 5, an official said on Saturday.
While 316 candidates have filed nomination forms for the first phase of polling on Dec. 1, eight for the second phase on Dec. 5, a release from the state’s chief electoral officer said. Votes will be counted on Dec 8.
As per information made available by poll authorities, 70 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidates have filed nominations, followed by 52 from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 48 from the opposition Congress, 21 from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), nine from the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) and several Independents.
AAP candidates have filed 14 nominations for seats in Surat district, 12 in Rajkot and eight in Kutch, it said.
Nominations have been filed in different districts such as Kutch, Surendranagar, Morbi, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad, Narmada, Bhavnagar, Tapi, Navsari, Surat, Dang, and Valsad as well.
It said nominations for the second phase have been filed in Mehsana, Aravalli and Ahmedabad.
As per the state’s poll schedule, the last date for filing nominations for the first phase is Nov 14, with nominations being scrutinised a day later and the last date of withdrawal being Nov 17.
For the second phase, the last date for filing nominations is Nov 17. The nominations will be scrutinised on Nov 18, and the last date for withdrawal is Nov 21.
The BJP has ruled the state for 27 years, with its contenders being the Congress and new entrant AAP.