NEW DELHI, 9 NOV: The process of filing nominations for the 4 December Assembly election in Delhi began today amid heavy security with seven candidates filing nominations.
A party member who was seen collecting a nomination form said since the Election Commission is strictly monitoring each and every step of the candidates no more candidates were likely to file nominations today. "We hope that the candidates will take two or three days to file their nominations. They need time to recheck the form after it is filled up and to be assured that all the required details are given, " said Mr Balbir Singh a candidate of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) who will contest the election from Shahadra and had come to collect a nomination form.
He said AAP candidates will file their nomination collectively after 11 November. The Returning Officers (ROs) today accepted seven nomination forms.
According to the Election Commission (EC) report, Mr Sat Prakash Rana, whom the BJP has fielded for Bijwasan constituency, today filed three nominations with his wife Renu Rana as a covering candidate in case his nomination is cancelled for some reason.
Four more candidates from other parties filed their nominations, including Bittoo Singh of Hindustan Party from Trilokpuri constituency, Nafe Singh Rajput, Independent from Burari constituency, Shiv Kumar of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha from New Delhi and Vijay Chaudhary, independent from Jangpura constituency. The EC has fixed 16 November as the last date for filing nominations while candidates can withdraw their candidature latest by 20 November. Counting will be on 8 December.
The EC will set up 11,763 polling booths in the Capital for voters. The Commission has deployed 70 general observers, 18 expenditure observers and two police observers to ensure free and fair polling.
The EC has for the first time deployed three awareness observers to oversee the efficient and effective management of the electoral process at the field level, mainly on voter awareness and facilitation and will help ensure increased voter participation. Voters in Delhi will also exercise for the first time the “None of the Above” option in these elections.