Delhi MCD polls to be held next month

Delhi MCD polls to be held next month

By: || Updated: 01 Mar 2012 07:58 AM


New Delhi: Elections to the newly-carved three municipal
corporations of Delhi (MCD) will be held on April 15, the Delhi state
Election Commission announced today.

Elections to all three MCDs
will be held on the same day and votes polled will be taken up for
counting on April 17, state election commissioner Rakesh Mehta said.

"The
model code of conduct will be in place from Monday," he told a press
conference here.

Filing of nominations for all 272 wards will
begin on March 19, while the last date for filing of nominations is march
26, he said.

The announcement for the polls comes a day after
Delhi High Court dismissed a batch of petitions seeking quashing of
notification by the state election commission questioning the method
adopted by it for reserving seats for scheduled caste candidates.

The
tenure of the current MCD would come to an end on April 5 and the whole
exercise of electing councillors for the three new bodies will have to be
completed before that.

The Delhi municipal corporation
(amendment) bill was passed by Delhi assembly on December 1, paving the
way for trifurcation of MCD.

The bill was given assent by
President Pratibha Patil in December last year, following which the city
government notified it as an act.

As per the act, MCD will be
split into north, south and east Delhi municipal corporations and 50 per
cent of the total 272 seats will be reserved for women as against 33 per
cent now.

The north and south Delhi bodies will have 104 wards
each, while the civic body in east Delhi will have 64 wards.

The
union home ministry had cleared the proposal in November last year, five
months after receiving it from the Delhi government.





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