India

Delhi Assembly election underway


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Voters are going to the polls in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election today to elect 70 members of the Assembly.

The last election was in 2013 but was inconclusive with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) taking 31 seats, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) taking 28 seats and the Indian National Congress (INC) dropping to eight seats. The AAP formed a government but 49 days later the Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, stood down and the Assembly was put under President’s rule.

This year there will be 13,309,078 eligible voters attending 12,177 polling stations between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time and they will be able to choose from 673 candidates.

The latest opinion polls are conflicting with one giving the AAP 49% and BJP 21% of the vote and the other giving the BJP 43% and the AAP 23% of the vote. The feeling on the ground is that the AAP are in the ascendancy.

Results will be announced on 10th February.

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