Notification for Delhi assembly polls issued, nomination process begins

PTI

Election Commission File Photo, PTI

Election Commission File Photo, PTI

Nominations for the high-stakes Delhi elections began on Tuesday as the Election Commission issued the notification for the February 8 polls today.

Elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly promises to be a triangular contest with the AAP hoping to retain power on the plank of development and the BJP and the Congress determined to put up a spirited challenge.

The counting of votes will be taken up on February 11.

The last date to file nomination is January 21, the scrutiny will happen on January 22 while the last date of withdrawal of candidature will be January 24.

Over 1.46 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the February 8 Assembly election in Delhi, according to the final electoral roll published on Monday.

Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh had earlier said that there were a total of 1,46,92,136 voters — 80,55,686 males, 66,35,635 females and 815 belonging to the third gender — in the final voters list.

According to data shared by the Delhi CEO Office, 673 candidates had fought the 2015 Delhi polls.

The Aam Aadmi Party had got 54.3 per cent votes in the 2015 Assembly polls, while the Bharatiya Janata Party got a vote share of 32 per cent and the Congress managed to bag just 9.6 per cent of the total votes polled.

The AAP will fight the polls on a depleted strength of 60 MLAs as it had to concede one seat to the BJP in the subsequent bypoll, while six of the lawmakers were disqualified over joining other parties.

(PTI)