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Delhi election battle on Feb 7, results on Feb 10

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 12 (IANS): A year after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister leading to President's rule, Delhi will elect a new Assembly on February 7 and the results will be known February 10, it was announced Monday.

Election Commissioner VS Sampath said the last date for nomination of candidates will be Jan 21 and they could withdraw from the contest by January 24. Delhi has a 70-member legislature.

More than 1.3 crore people will be eligible to vote across 11,763 polling centres.

Sampath said the Model Code of Conduct would come into effect with immediate effect, barring the government from taking major policy decisions that could influence the electorate.

Delhi elected a hung Assembly in December 2013 after which the Aam Aadmi Party formed a minority government headed by Kejriwal with Congress backing. Kejriwal resigned February 14, 2014.

President's rule was imposed in the city February 17 last year.

Sampath said the poll panel had got complaints regarding fake or bogus voters from political parties, adding the issue had been addressed before the publication of electoral rolls January 5.

He admitted that the time given for campaigning was less as it was a single State election.

"Also, in Delhi's case, there was enough anticipation for the election, so more time was not needed," Sampath said.

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