The Aam Aadmi party has started the screening process of candidates for the upcoming Municipal elections set to be held in April, 2017. The process is being carried out to identify the best candidates and to give more opportunities to promising female candidates. The decision to field more female candidates was expected with half the seats reserved for women and political parties promising to make more space on the remaining seats.
“Half of the seats are anyway reserved for women, but if we find strong women candidates, we will field them from the general seats too,” said Ashish Talwar, AAP Delhi in-charge. He also mentioned that women candidates will have a bigger role to play in making Delhi corruption-free. “As we focus on a cleaner Delhi, be it in terms of cleanliness or corruption-free governance, the women candidates will be an integral part of the campaign. AAP has given significant representation to women wherever it has contested polls,” he said.
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While the party’s primary focus is on Punjab and Goa assembly elections, senior AAP leaders are not taking the assembly polls lightly either. They have ensured that the selection process of candidates will be as lengthy as the process for assembly polls. The process will have many rounds of screening and shortlisting and the feedback from volunteers and legislators will be taken into account.
The first round of screening is likely to get over by the end of this week and will be followed by a background check of each candidate. At the same time, party has also started a campaign on the theme, “Jhadu chalao, gandagi bhagao” and with advertisements been place all over the city. Earlier another party, Swaraj India also invited applications for the MCD elections and said that it will give preference to women and young candidates.