NEW DELHI: The stage is set for arguably the highest civic polling campaign to be carried out in Capitalwith the state election commission announcing the voting calendar for the reunified Municipal corporation in Delhi on Friday. Delayed by more than seven months due to the merger of the three former companies and a subsequent demarcation exercise, elections, a three-way race between BJPs, AAP and Congress – will be held barely a month from today, December 4, while the votes will be counted on December 7, State Electoral Commissioner Vijay Kumar Dev announced at a press conference.

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The acrimony between the BJP and AAP and the daily squabbles and skirmishes make it a high-risk election for both parties. BJP has been running the company for 15 years since 2007 and AAP has won the last two polls of the assembly in the capital with record margins. The saffron festival accused AAP of starving the fund company while AAP found the companies managed by the BJP guilty of bribery and mismanagement. For Congress, it is a struggle to remain relevant in Delhi politics.
The delimitation exercise was made necessary later Parliament passed the Delhi Municipal (Amendment) Act, 2022, uniting southern, northern and eastern societies, followed by the Minister of Internal Affairs reducing the number of wards from 272 to 250. “We completed the demarcation exercise in record time to ensure that the elections are held as soon as possible,” said the dev.
According to data shared by the state electoral commission, Delhi has a total of voters – 79.86.705 male, 66.86.081 female and 1.061 transgender – who will elect councilors for 250 municipal districts spread across 68 assembly seats in the capital. The Cantonal Assembly areas of New Delhi and Delhi do not fall under the jurisdiction of the MCD and have their own separate local authorities.
The BJP, which faces strong anti-incumbency, will look to repeat its 2017 polling performance – held in 272 districts spread across three municipal corporations – when it won a record 181 seats, the highest in an election. civic in Delhi.

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