Voting began on a slow note today in the by-poll to Maujpur ward of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). Scorching heat and a holiday kept voters indoors with just 7 per cent votes cast till 10 AM, said a senior officer of Delhi State Election Commission. The voting started at 8 AM and will continue till 5.30 PM.
Elections in Maujpur and Sarai Pipal Thala wards were postponed due to death of candidates there. Voting for rest of the 270 of the 272 wards in three municipal corporations was held on April 23 and results were announced on April 26. In Maujpur ward, Samajwadi Party candidate Naseema died resulting in the bypoll. Her daughter Shaheen is in the fray from the party.
The ward is currently held by BJP. The main contenders in the election include Suman Sharma (BJP), Rekha Sharma (Congress) and Reshma (AAP). The bypoll in Sarai Pipal Thala ward in North Delhi Municipal Corporation(NDMC) will be held on May 21. The election from the ward was rescheduled due to death of Samajwadi Party candidate Dinesh Singh whose son Himanshu has now been fielded by the party.