By-polls for 5 municipal wards will be held in Delhi today

The Delhi State Election Commission said in a statement that there will be by-polls for two wards under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) and two wards under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

New Delhi, Jan 27 (Language) The by-election to fill the vacant posts in the five municipal wards in the national capital will be held on February 28 with all COVID-19 security precautions, the Delhi State Election Commission said on Wednesday.

There will be by-polls for two wards under North Delhi.

Three under the Municipal Body (NDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), the election body said in a statement.

Ward numbers are 32N, (Rohini-C); Ward No. 62N (Shalimar Bagh North) and Ward No. 02-E (Trilokpuri) in North Delhi; Ward number 08-E (Kalyanpuri) and ward number 41-E (Chauhan Bangar) in East Delhi, it said.

The by-polls will be held from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm on February 28, the SEC said, with the last date for filing nominations being February 8.

The model code of conduct will be applicable in the above five wards and will remain in force till the completion of polls. The Delhi Prevention of Property Protection Act, 2007 is also being implemented and candidates are requested to strictly follow it.

According to the statement, according to the broad guidelines that are to be held during the by-polls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, every person should wear a face mask during every election-related activity.

On the entry of halls, rooms, premises used for election purposes, thermal scanning of all persons will be done and sanitizers will be provided.

The statement said that social differences would be maintained as per the existing COVID-19 guidelines of the state government and the Union Home Ministry.

The DEO will ensure that instructions are given for prevention of COVID-19 while arranging for the election.

The statement said that the latest published voter list by the Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi will be used for these by-polls.

It is said that the limit of election expenses to be spent by a candidate for a by-election for a ward is said to be ₹ 7 lakh, it said.

There are 272 wards in Delhi. While NDMC and South Delhi Municipal Corporation have 104 municipal wards, EDMC has 64 wards.

The BJP has been controlling all three corporations since 2012.

Delhi Police Commissioner SN Srivastava on Saturday reviewed the law, order, and crime situation in the national capital ahead of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD) by-polls. The by-polls are to be held on February 28. Srivastava also directed the police personnel to keep a tight vigil on the borders in view of the polls and the ongoing opposition from the farmers.