It’s election time once again for Delhi folks. It’s been five years for the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Delhi will again get to vote on who they want to steer the government during the next five years.
The Delhi Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on 8th February 2020 (Saturday). Here are the important details you should be aware of.
- The Delhi Assembly election 2020 will be held on 8th February and the results will be announced on 11th February.
- The voting timelines will be from 7 am to 6 pm on the election date.
- All Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 years, as on 1st January 2020, are eligible to vote in this election.
- This election is majorly expected to a contest between three parties – AamAadmi Party (AAP), Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress.
- The Delhi elections will see voters being polled for 70 assembly seats.
- The 70 assembly seats are split into – 58 General Category (GC) seats, 12 for SC and none for STs in Delhi assembly.
- In 2015, AamAadmi Party (AAP) had won by a thumping majority, winning 67 of the 70 seats. BJP won the remaining 3 seats while Congress failed to open their account.
- According to the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh, there are a total of 1,46,92,136 (1.46 crore) registered voters in Delhi comprising 80.55 lakh males and 66.35 lakh females.
- There will be over 13,700 polling stations across Delhi.
- Delhi Police would be deploying over 90,000 policemen at and near the polling stations to ensure security and decorum of the election process.
- Voters will be able to use technology during the Delhi Elections 2020 be it – checking the voter list online or on the mobile app, QR code enabled voter slips to speed up the verification process at the booth, downloadable digital photo voter slip from ‘Voter Helpline’ app.
- Mobile phones are not allowed inside the polling booths. However, for voters who would be carrying the digital photo voter slip on their mobile phones, they would be allowed to carry their phones till the point where the electoral officer checks and verifies the same.
- Key election issues on which the parties will be seeking votes are – Delhi-specific issues such as healthcare, education, and transportation while also touching upon controversial national issues such as the implementation of CAA-NRC (Citizenship Amendment Act-National Register of Citizens), including the Shaheen Bagh protests.
Here’s a shoutout to all responsible adult citizens of Delhi. Exercise your Right to Universal Franchise and go out to vote in big numbers. Make your votes count for a better Delhi in the years to come. This is one of the most beautiful fruits of democracy that one gets to enjoy – the power to choose. So, choose wisely!