After a year of being under President’s Rule, Delhi will go to polls on February 7. Over 1.30 crore electors are expected to exercise their franchise.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, on Monday, announced the election dates for the Delhi Legislative Assembly, which brings Model Code of Conduct into effect immediately in the Capital.
“We expect a heated political campaign in Delhi,” said Mr. Sampath, enumerating the schedule of the elections.
The results for the elections will be announced on February 10. While nominations will begin on Wednesday, the last date for filing the nomination is January 21.
Delhi headed for a mid-term Assembly election after all the major political parties — the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) — expressed their inability to form a government. Subsequently, on November 4, 2014, Governor Najeeb Jung recommended for dissolving the Assembly and calling for fresh elections. The assembly was dissolved the next day.
President’s Rule was imposed on February 17 after AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Chief Minister.
AAP formed government on December 28, 2013 with outside support from Congress after the single largest party, the BJP, refused to form government citing “lack of numbers”.
Delhi elections schedule
|Last date for nomination||January 21, 2015|
|Scrutiny of nomination||January 22, 2015|
|Last date for withdrawing nomination||January 24, 2015|
|Voting||February 7, 2015|
|Counting||February 10, 2015|
|Completion of poll process||February 15, 2015|