New Delhi, March 14 : After the conclusion of hectic multiphase elections in the five states, it’s time for national capital to witness the festival of democracy with the announcement of election dates for the three municipal corporations of Delhi.
Briefing about the details of civic elections State Election Commissioner SK Srivastava informed that the elections will be held on April 22 and counting will take place on April 25. Srivastava further stated that the nominations for the civic election will begin from March 27.
Reacting to the demand from various parties for scrapping Electronic Voting Machines Commission firmly mentioned that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) would be used in all poll booths.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is a municipal corporation, an autonomous body that governs 8 of the 11 Districts of Delhi, in the state of Delhi, India. In Delhi, there three civic bodies, namely North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).
These bodies constitute 272 seats, with NDMC and SDMC accounting for 104 seats each, while 64 seats fall under EDMC. In 2012, Delhi was divided into three zones. Around 1,33,13,295 voters will be using their franchise for electing 272 representatives. NDMC and SDMC have 104 seats each while EDMC has 64 seats.
The ruling party BJP has been ruling Delhi's Municipal Corporation for nearly 14 years. At present has 163 councillors in the three civic bodies. This will be the first election of MCD under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejariwal who had registered the thumping victory in the assembly elections held in 2015.