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EC announces Delhi Assembly election dates; voting on Feb 7

The Election Commission on Monday announced the schedule for elections to the Delhi Assembly. The voting will be held on February 7 and counting will take place on February 10.

The Election Commission on Monday announced the schedule for elections to the Delhi Assembly. The voting will be held on February 7 and counting will take place on February 10.

The date of notification is January 14 and the last date of making nomination is January 21. The date of scrutiny is January 22 and the last date of withdrawal of nomination is January 24.

The EC said there are a total of 1.30 crore voters and there will be 11,763 polling stations in Delhi.

Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath said the Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect in Delhi.

The EC added that out of the 70 seats, 12 seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes.

Delhi will witness a tough contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress. All the three parties are going all out to garner maximum support. The Congress has appointed senior party leader Ajay Maken as the head of the party’s Campaign Committee for elections.

The BJP sounded the poll bugle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding a mega rally in the capital on January 10 and openly attacking the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. The AAP, which has announced candidates for all 70 seats, is also campaigning across the length and breadth of the national capital.

Also Read: PM Modi to kickstart BJP poll campaign on January 10

Polls were necessitated in the national capital as the term of President’s Rule was due to expire in February. The AAP formed the government with the outside of the Congress in December 2013 but served only for 49 days. As no party staked claim to form the government in Delhi, President’s Rule was enforced.

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