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MCD Elections 2017: 10 Things to Know About the Triangular Fight

Word cloud of candidate names in 2017 MCD elections (Image: Soumyadip Choudhury/News18.com)

Word cloud of candidate names in 2017 MCD elections (Image: Soumyadip Choudhury/News18.com)

Delhi votes on Sunday in 272 wards spread across three municipal bodies where the ruling BJP is locked in a triangular battle with the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Delhi votes on Sunday in 272 wards spread across three municipal bodies where the ruling BJP is locked in a triangular battle with the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. More than 1.3 crore people are eligible to vote in the civic elections, spread over 13,000 polling stations across the national capital. Both the BJP and the Congress have exuded confidence about winning the electoral battle, while the AAP is seeking to replicate its 2015 Assembly elections performance, despite suffering a debacle in the Rajouri Garden bypoll.

Here’s 10 things you should know about Sunday’s election:

— Out of the 13,022 polling stations, the police have declared 3,284 as sensitive and 1,464 as hyper-sensitive

— For the first time in MCD elections, None Of The Above (NOTA) option has been made available

— There are a total of 1.32 crore voters entitled to exercise their franchise in electing councillors for the wards falling under the three corporations. More than 1.1 lakh are first-time voters

— The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Municipal Corporations. While NDMC and SDMC have 104 wards each, EDMC has 64

— There are 1,004 candidates vying in the NDMC area, 985 in SDMC and 548 in EDMC

— The AAP has fielded candidates on all 272 wards, while the Congress has 271 candidates in the fray. The BJP, which is seeking to retain the turf it has held for the last 10 years, has fielded all fresh faces in the 267 wards it is contesting.

— Generation-1 electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being used for Sunday’s elections, which the Election Commission has described as "foolproof"

— Banking on Purvanchali voters, the BSP, JD(U) and the Samajwadi Party, too, have jumped the poll fray, fielding 211, 95 and 28 candidates, respectively

— The counting of votes will be held on April 26.