New Delhi: Delhi Civi Body elections (MCD Elections 2017), scheduled to be held on April 22, 2017, have been postponed by a day due to the ongoing CBSE Class 12 exams, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.
"We tried to hold the elections on April 22 only but it would have been difficult to manage it due to Class XII CBSE examination on the polling day. In view of this, now the MCD polls will be held on April 23.
"As a result, we have also postponed the date for counting by a day to April 26," Srivastava said in recent PTI reported.
State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava had earlier announced that the MCD polls will be held on April 22 while counting of votes will be done on April 25.
All other program, including nomination process, will go on as per the schedule announced earlier.
According to the State Election Commission, the nomination process will begin from March 27 and April 3 would be the last date for filing nominations, Srivastava said, "Scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 5 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is April 8."
The commissioner also said the expenditure limit for a candidate has been hiked from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 5.75 lakh.
"We have sent our comments to the government on this," Srivastava said.
The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Municipal Corporation or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC respectively.
The BJP has been ruling the MCD since 2007. The last polls were held in 2012.
The much-awaited polls will decide the fate of 272 councillors. While NDMC and SMDC have 104 seats each, EDMC has 64 seats.
The total number of electorate for the civic polls stands at 1,32,10,206, which include 73,15,915 men, 58,93,418 women and 793 voters in the other category, the state election commission said.