New Delhi, Jan 12: The Election Commission on Monday, Jan 12 announced that the single-phase Delhi assembly polls 2015 will take place on Feb 7, Saturday.
The counting of votes will take place on Feb 10, Tuesday. The notification date is Jan 14, Wednesday.
Election Commissioner V S Sampath said the last date for nomination of candidates will be Jan 21 and they could withdraw from the contest by Jan 24. [Delhi Assembly elections: 1.72 lakh first time voters in 2015]
"The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately", the Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said in a press conference held at the Nirvachan Sadan in Delhi.
Earlier in the day, the Election Commission took stock of the preparations related to the assembly elections and issues related to electoral rolls, a TOI report said.
The BJP, AAP and Congress have already launched the election campaigns, in an attempt to form the government in the national capital, which has been under the President's rule since February 2014.
On Saturday, Jan 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had kickstarted the BJP election campaign in Delhi by addressing a huge rally. [Don't want anarchists, PM Modi mocks Kejriwal at Delhi rally]
Delhi has 70 assembly seats, 1.3 crore voters and 11,763 polling stations.
In Dec 2013 assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, that had made a spectacular debut in politics had won 27 seats, the BJP had won 32 seats and the 15-year ruling- Congress could managed to get only eight seats. [1.72 lakh first time voters in Delhi]
In Lok Sabha elections 2014, the BJP had won all seven seats.
After a lot of failed negotiations, the Delhi assembly was finally dissolved in November 2014, to pave the way for fresh polls. [SMS service to find out if name registered in voters list]
Kejriwal, who had resigned as the CM after 49 days of governance, is hoping to make a comeback in Delhi, with his power-packed election campaigns. [Arvind Kejriwal: There is a straight fight between AAP and BJP]
Delhi elected a hung assembly in December 2013 after which the Aam Aadmi Party formed a minority government headed by Arvind Kejriwal with Congress backing. Kejriwal had resigned on Feb 14, 2014. [Ajay Maken to lead Congress in Delhi]
Photo voter slips will be issued by officials of EC: VS Sampath, ECI pic.twitter.com/eOxD4MHjPL— ANI (@ANI_news) January 12, 2015
Here are the reactions from BJP and AAP leaders, after the Delhi election date was announced on Monday evening:
That person is not a volunteer from AAP, hes a Govt employee: Sanjay Singh on AAP supporter throwing money in air pic.twitter.com/JcCRnbe537— ANI (@ANI_news) January 12, 2015
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