Assembly Polls: Polling begins in 70 constituencies of Delhi

RSTV Bureau
File photo: Polling photo (PTI Photo)

File photo: Polling photo (PTI Photo)

Amid tight security arrangements across the national capital, polling began for elections to the 70-member Delhi assembly. Polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm.

Over 1.47 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the electoral battle for Delhi, which is largely being seen as a triangular contest among the ruling AAP, Congress and the opposition BJP which has campaigned very aggressively ahead of the election.

There are 672 candidates in the fray for 70 assembly seats.

1,47,86,382 people are eligible to vote in the Delhi polls, and 2,32,815 are in the age group of 18-19.

Voters in various categories include males (81,05,236), females (66,80,277), service voters (11,608), third gender voters (869), and senior citizens (aged 80 and above) voters (2,04,830), officials said.

The bitterly fought high-octane campaign that lasted for over three weeks ended at 6 pm on Thursday, just 38 hours before the start of voting for the high-stakes Delhi assembly election.

Tight security arrangements have been made across the national capital and police force and paramilitary personnel have been deployed.

Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) Praveer Ranjan, had earlier said 190 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be deployed as part of the security measures.

This is nearly four times the number of CAPF personnel deployed during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he added.

There are 13,750 polling booths, besides one auxiliary booth, located at 2,689 locations across Delhi.

(With inputs from News Agency)