Polling has begun for assembly elections in Delhi. The voting, which began at 8:00AM, will continue till 6:00PM. 672 candidates are in the fray for 70 seats. A maximum of 28 candidates are contesting from New Delhi constituency, while a minimum of four persons are from Patel Nagar seat.
Over one crore 47 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polling.
Delhi Police has deployed 42 thousand personnel, 190 companies of Paramilitary forces and 19 thousand home guards for security during the election process.
Chief Electoral Officer of Delhi Dr Ranbir Singh said, “the Election Commission has made all the necessary arrangements for the convenience of the voters”.
He said, over two lakh 32 thousand first-time voters will exercise their franchise today. The services of Delhi Metro began at 4 this morning to facilitate the polling personnel and others to reach their destination in time. Counting of votes will be taken up on Tuesday.