The voting for the MCD elections has been postponed in two wards, due to the death of two candidates, an official said today. Both the deceased candidates belong to the Samajwadi Party.The two wards where the elections have been postponed are Maujpur in East Delhi and Sarai Pipal in North Delhi.
While polling for Maujpur seat will now be held on May 14, voting in Sarai Pipal will be held on May 21, the Delhi State Election Commission said. According to Samajwadi Party spokesperson R S Yadav, both the candidates were between 40 to 45 years of age. While the Maujpur candidate was an woman who died a natural death, Sarai Pipal candidate died from shock.
Meanwhile, polling, which began on 8 am in the morning, in the national capital, is being held amidst tight security. Delhi Police have declared 3,284 polling stations as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive, out of a total of 13,022 polling stations.
More than 1.1 lakh voters are eligible to vote for the first time. A total of 1,32,10,206 voters will exercise the right to vote in electing councillors for the wards falling under NDMC (104), SDMC (104) and EDMC (64).
Across polling stations, the Delhi State Election Commission has deployed enough staff so that voting can be held smoothly. The BJP, which has fielded all new faces in the civic polls in 267 wards, is confident of winning more than 200 seats. The Congress and the AAP have also expressed confidence of winning at least as many seats.
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While, AAP has fielded its candidates in all 272 wards, the Congress has fileded 271 candidates. Counting of votes will be held on Wednesday.
(With inputs from PTI)