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Delhi Elections 2020: Code Of Conduct Comes Into Force, Polls On February 8

Publish Date: 07 Jan, 2020 02:47 PM   |   Arnima  

New Delhi: Model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect with the announcement of the single phased Delhi Assembly elections to be held on February 8. A total of 1.46 crore voters will practice their right to decide the fate of the national capital for the next five years. The results will be announced on February 11, said the Election Commission of India.

The term of 70-member Delhi Assembly will come to an end on February 22 and new House has to be constituted before that. Presently, the government is led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after his Aam Aadmi Party came into power here in February 2015. AAP had swept the elections by winning 67 seats out of the 70.

Important Dates for Delhi Polls:

  1. Delhi Assembly polls 2020 are scheduled for single phase.
  2. The notification will be issued on January 14 and the last day of nomination is January 21. The scrutiny of nominations will  take place on January 22.
  3. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is January 24.
  4. The date of voting is February 8 while counting of votes will take place on February 11.
  5. The Election Commission stated that entire process of polls will be over by February 13.

Facilities for Delhi Voters:

  1. This year Delhi voters will be provided a QR code enabled voter slip which, according to the EC, will speed up voting through easy identification.
  2. The Commission also stated that any eligible person can apply for registration as voter till the last date of nomination of the Delhi assembly election.

Amid the ongoing disruptions in the law and order situation in the national capital, Chief Electoral Commissioner Sunil Arora said, "We are hopeful that the situation will be under control and conducive for polls. If there is an extraordinary situation there is always an option of deferring the elections. Constitution empowers ECI to take the call."

The CEC also said that some constituencies in Delhi had lower turnouts during the last election, so the authorities have planned awareness campaign to be carried out in all such areas to encourage voters to come out and decide the fate of Delhi.

Facilities to Senior Citizens:

  1. The Election Commission has also made arrangements for disabled persons and senior citizens above 80 years to cast their votes through postal ballots.
  2. The EC has also made arrangements for pick and drop facility for all senior citizen voters.
  3. A new concept of absentee voters has also been introduced by the EC which enables those voters to exercise their rights, who are not able to come to polling stations due to physical circumstances or unavoidable reasons. They can also cast their votes through postal ballots.

Delhi Assembly:

Out of the 70, the Delhi Assembly has 58 general category seats and 12 reserved for scheduled castes while none for the STs.

The Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi Ranbir Singh said that final publication of voters list shows there are total 1,46,92,136 voters in Delhi including 80.55 lakh males and 66.35 lakh female voters.

The national capital will go to polls with 13,750 polling stations and about 90,000 officials will be deployed for conducting the elections.