MCD Elections 2017: Polling in two wards postponed due to death of candidates

New Delhi: Municipal elections to two wards in Delhi have been postponed due to the death of two candidates, an official said on Monday. The two wards are Maujpur in East Delhi and Sarai Pipal in North Delhi. Both candidates belonged to the Samajwadi Party.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"Elections to the two wards have been postponed. While polling in Maujpur will be held on May 14, in Sarai Pipal it will take place on 21 May," a senior official of Delhi State Election Commission said.

When contacted, Delhi SP spokesperson RS Yadav said, "Both the candidates were aged between 40 to 45 years. While our Maujpur candidate was a woman who died a natural death, our Sarai Pipal candidate was a man who died from shock."

Yadav, however, said this setback will not affect the performance of the party in the high-stakes elections, for which the SP had fronted its big leaders as star campaigners. "We are hopeful of winning 15 out of the 28 seats," the SP leader said.

The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations in 2012.

Out of the total 272 wards, the NDMC and the SDMC have 104 seats each while the EDMC has 64. The MCD has been ruled by the BJP for the last 10 years.

Updated Date: Apr 23, 2017 11:30 AM

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