The MCD election 2017 result will be announced by the Delhi State Election Commission (DSEC) on Wednesday. In the backdrop of the controversy over alleged manipulation of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the election, as claimed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the result could sway the political climate in the national election in the coming days. On Monday, Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal had warned of taking the movement route once again if the BJP managed to win as predicted by the exit polls. Voices against Kejriwal and top leaders of AAP have emerged from within the party since the Assembly elections that disappointed AAP in Punjab and Goa, while the Congress faced an open rebellion from some leaders in the run up to the MCD poll. The results of MCD election on Wednesday, hence, would be closely watched by all stakeholders, including the public.
Here are all you need to know about the counting tomorrow:
When will counting begin?
The counting of the votes polled in 270 wards of the SDMC, EDMC and NDMC would begin at 8 am on Wednesday.
When would voting take place for two wards where polling was postponed on April 23?
The voting for two wards — Sarai Pipal Thala and Maujpur — was postponed for the next month following the death of two candidates.
When would the final results be announced?
The State Election Commission would announce the final result after 5 pm.
Counting venues and early trends
There are as many as 35 counting venues across Delhi — 16 in north Delhi, 13 in the south and six in east Delhi.
Regular updates of counting
The counting venues would send the updates to the Delhi State Election Commission office at Kashmere Gate where updates would be displayed on large screens. You can check www.financialexpress.com for all regular updates, news and analysis related to the MCD election result 2017.
What is the security arrangement for the counting?
According to Delhi SEC, as many as 90,000 security personnel of Delhi Police, paramilitary forces and Home Guards would be deployed at counting centres.
Who is the likely winner — BJP, Congress or AAP?
According to the exit polls, BJP is likely to win over 200 out of the total 272 seats. However, AAP and Congress have also predicted their respective victories. So, wait for the final result. Actual results in an election often vary from the exit polls.