New Delhi: With both ruling BJP and Congress exuding confidence of winning the high-stake Delhi municipal bypolls to 13 wards, members of Aam Aadmi Party having won 67 of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections; are seeking to replicate their Assembly elections performance in their maiden outing.
Over 6 lakh electorates will decide the fate of 95 candidates in the bypolls. The Delhi State Election Commission has also geared up to hold smoothly the elections at 695 polling stations and made necessary arrangements besides deploying about 2,500 staff.
Out of 695 polling stations, about 200 have been identified as sensitive and ultra-sensitive and adequate security arrangement has been reportedly made in those areas.
In the 2012 Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections, BJP had held 7 seats out of these 13. The same year MCD was dividede into North Corporation (NDMC), South Corporation (SDMC) and East Corporation (EDMC).
AAP contested two Assembly polls in the national capital, in 2013 and 2015. Now the party has been highlighting "BJP's corruption" and "rotten" state of affairs in the civic bodies, an issue it seeks to leverage in the bypolls.
There are a total of 6,68,870 voters entitled to exercise their franchise in the by-elections for wards falling under three corporations - SDMC (7), NDMC (4) and EDMC (2).
Voting will be held from 8 am to 5 pm. Counting of votes will be held on May 17 and begin at the counting centres established in the 13 wards from 8 am.
The MCD bypolls are being seen as a litmus test for all three parties as its outcomes is likely to have a bearing on the municipal polls due in 2017.
Jhilmil (Delhi):Thirteen wards across 3 Municipal Corporations of Delhi areas to hold by-polls today, preps underway pic.twitter.com/HFgomwlNxq
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