The fate of candidates from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, AAP, and other parties will be decided today, Saturday, on ballots and voting machines. Today, over 55 lakh voters in the hill state will cast ballots for 412 candidates in 68 constituencies. This time, there are 24 female candidates, compared to 19 in 2017 and 34 in the 2012 assembly elections. Voting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7,884 polling stations across the state, with 7,235 in rural areas and 646 in urban areas.
There are 789 vulnerable booths and 397 critical booths among them. The EC has also established its highest booth at a height of 15,256 feet in Tashigang, Kaza in Spiti area of Lahaul Spiti district, which will serve 52 voters. The ruling BJP is hoping for a repeat on the back of its development agenda, while the opposition Congress is urging voters to follow a four-decade-old tradition and vote out incumbents in Himachal Pradesh, which goes to the polls on Saturday.