Voters Update

First election to trifurcated MCD on April 15

The first election to the trifurcated municipal corporation in the city will be held on April 15, seen as a test of popularity of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and her government ahead of assembly polls next year. Elections to all three new municipalties will be held on the same day and counting of votes will take place on April 17, State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta announced.

The entire exercise to constitute the three new corporations -- North, South and East Delhi municipalties will be completed by April 21 as tenure of the current MCD house will come to an end on that day.

The announcement for the polls came a day after Delhi High Court dismissed a batch of petitions seeking quashing of notification by the State Election Commission questioning the method adopted by it for reserving seats for Scheduled Caste candidates. "The municipal polls for all the three corporations will take place on April 15 and votes polled will be taken up for counting on April 17," State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said at a press conference. He said the Model Code of Conduct will come into effect from March 5 while filing of nominations for all 272 wards will begin on March 19.

The last date for filing of nominations will be March 26 and last date for withdrawal of nomination will be March 28. The municipal polls are seen as a semifinal between BJP and Congress ahead of the assembly polls in November next year. Both the main political parties have already kick-started their campaign to woo the voters.

The election is also seen as important for Dikshit who had strongly pushed for trifurcation of the MCD despite stiff opposition from a section of the Congress as they had argued that splitting the civic body ahead of polls would badly affect the party. Dikshit, who had restricted her campaigning to a few meetings in the run up to the 2007 civic polls, has already addressed a couple of rallies to enthuse the grassroot workers and instructed her Cabinet colleagues and close associates to put all the hard work to regain power in the civic bodies. The BJP had won the polls in 2007


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