Civic Polls: Delhi EC to release list of red-light districts ahead of R-Day | Latest Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s State Election Commission (SEC) will release the list of wards for women and Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates in the upcoming municipal polls ahead of this year’s Republic Day, a senior official said on Thursday of the commission.

A meeting between the polling panel and leaders of different political parties held on Wednesday discussed issues related to the delimitation and reservation criteria, said the official quoted above who asked not to be named.

Elections to Delhi’s three municipal corporations are due to take place in April. Delhi has a total of 272 wards and the BJP leads all three civic bodies, with the Aam Aadmi party being the main opposition.

A second SEC official said representatives of the three main political parties – the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress – attended the meeting. “The panel briefed them on the preparations for the upcoming municipal elections. They were also informed of the possibilities of demarcation and modification of the reservation criteria for women and SC for the different districts. All political parties have been invited to submit their suggestions in writing by Monday 16 January. The panel will publish the list of red-light districts in the three municipal bodies by January 26,” he said, asking not to be named.

The official added that the SEC had already released the revised voter lists on January 5. The total number of voters in the final published electoral list is 14,899,159, including 8,138,593 men, 6,759,534 women and 1,032 voters of the third sex… In addition, the number of polling stations is increased from 13,789 to 13,820, and the number of polling stations (a polling place can have several polling stations) decreased slightly from 2,690 to 2,684, compared to the previous voters list,” he said. -he declares.

AAP MLA Atishi, who attended the meeting with his party colleague Adil Ahmed Khan, said they had asked the SEC to make decisions in a phased and systematic manner. “The reservation quota must be rational and proportional, unlike the old formula in which some assembly constituencies had all seats reserved. We have also instructed them to promptly address any issues that arise so as not to confuse aspirants and voters,” she said.

Echoing similar views, top BJP leader Harsh Malhotra, who represented his party with Subhas Sachdeva at the meeting, said he asked the polling committee to set the quota for women and SCs on the population base. “We asked them to reconsider the quota in some constituencies like Sultanpuri and Gokulpuri. These two seats have four quarters each and all are reserved for SC. Such disparities should be corrected before the elections,” he said.

Congress leader Murari Lal Jatav said his party had also asked the jury to ensure compliance with Covid-19 protocol in the polls. “We have asked the SEC not to allow any party members, other than election officials, in the voting booths. If the polling station is able to distribute ballots door-to-door for each voter, what is the need to allow supporters of different political parties? They can cause chaos and trigger Covid-19 infection,” he said.

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