MCD Election 2022: Voting will be held for all 250 wards of MCD on Sunday (December 4) and in this election there is a triangular contest between Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), BJP and Congress. Over 1.45 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the MCD elections. A total of 1,349 candidates are in the fray in the elections. The polling will be held from 8 am to 5.30 pm and the counting of votes will take place on December 7.
According to the data provided by the officials of the State Election Commission, the total number of voters in Delhi is 1,45,05,358, of which 78,93,418 are male, 66,10,879 are female and 1,061 are transgender. This is the first election after the delimitation exercise and the amalgamation of North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations to form a unified MCD. The integrated MCD has come into existence from 22 May. The voting to be held on Sunday is three days after the first phase of polling for the Gujarat Assembly elections and a day before the second phase of polling.
When was MCD established
MCD was established in 1958. In 2012, during the tenure of the then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, it was divided into three parts – North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations. However, this year again all three were brought together. With the announcement of the MCD election date on November 4 by State Election Commissioner Vijay Dev, the Model Code of Conduct came into force in Delhi with immediate effect.
preparations for voting
Both AAP and BJP have expressed confidence that they will emerge victorious in the elections, while Congress is trying to regain its lost base. Before the election, big leaders of ‘AAP’ and BJP had campaigned in Delhi and sought votes for their party’s candidate by roaming the streets.
State Election Commission officials said that the Returning Officer and his team are fully prepared for this polling to be held on Sunday and adequate arrangements have been made for the deployment of security forces regarding security.
Complete arrangements for easy voting
The commission said on Friday that it has made complete arrangements for smooth voting. This is the first election of the Municipal Corporation after the February 2020 riots in Delhi and according to the data shared by the officials, 3360 booths at 493 places have been declared sensitive. About 40,000 police personnel, 20,000 home guards and 108 companies of paramilitary and state armed police forces will be deployed for the smooth conduct of the MCD elections, a senior police official said.
Election officials said that 68 polling stations have been made model polling stations, while 68 have been made ‘pink’ polling stations. In the civic elections held in the year 2017, BJP had won 181 out of total 270 wards. Voting could not be held on two seats due to the death of the candidates. AAP had won in 48 and Congress in 27 wards. In 2017, there was 53 per cent polling.
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