Election Commission Announces the Date for Assembly Elections in Delhi
The Election Commission announced the date for the Assembly Elections in Delhi today. The polling will be on 7th February and the counting of votes will be on the 10th. The election for the 70 member assembly will be a direct fight between the AAP and BJP.
Delhi was under President’s rule from February 15th last year. The election process will complete before the expiry of the President’s rule. The Election Commission has said that with the announcement of the poll schedule, the model of code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect.
The Election Commission, comprising of Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and Election Commissioners H S Brahma and Nasim Zaidi, said the notification for the polls will be issued on January 14th and the last date for filing nominations will be January 21st. The last date for scrutiny of the nominations will be January 22nd.
Sampath informed the press that more than 1.30 crore voters are eligible to cast the franchise across the 70 constituencies in the National Capital Territory (NCT).
“The dissolution (of the Delhi Assembly) order of the President will expire by February 15 and in order to restore the mandate of the people as expeditiously as possible, the Commission has decided to go in for elections where the results will be known well before February 15,” Mr. Sampath said.
The Chief Election Commissioner observed that NCT will see a heated and hectic campaign as there are no other polls being held in the country during the same period and hence the focus of all the political parties will be on this assembly election.
He also informed that the Election Commission has taken all the necessary steps to conduct free and fair elections in the national capital and all the measures are taken to control the use of money power in the election. He said that the updated electoral rolls for this election have already been published on January 5th.
The last government in Delhi was headed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) but Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned after 49 days of assuming office. The Delhi assembly got dissolved in November last year, as no party could come up with the required number of seats to form the government.
In the election in 2013, the BJP won 32 seats and AAP won 27 seats. Congress, which was ruling Delhi for 15 years was reduced to 8 seats. Former Union Minister Ajay Maken will guide the poll campaign for Congress.