New Delhi: Delhi State Election Commission has set up 13,638 polling stations for the civic polls in the national capital.
The high-stakes Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will take place on Sunday and the counting of votes will be held on December 7. The campaigning for the same ended on Friday.
The State Election Commission said a large workforce of election functionaries and security agencies have put humungous efforts to make necessary preparations for conducting elections at 13,638 polling stations spread across Delhi.
Further, 68 Model Polling Stations and 68 Pink Polling Stations have been established for the quality experience of the voters. Adequate arrangements for the deployment of forces have been made.
The Commission said it has made elaborate arrangements for a “safe, secure and pleasant” voting experience. These measures are required to keep the electoral field free and to ensure that a level playing field is afforded to all political parties and candidates.
Notably, the Commission has put a ban on opinion polls or any other poll survey in any media, including electronic in connection with elections to Municipal Corporation of Delhi from 5:30 pm December 2 to 5.30 pm December 4.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government schools remained closed on Saturday in view of preparations for the polls, said an official notification.
Ahead of the civic body polls in the national capital, Delhi Police is working round the clock to ensure prevent any law and order situation on the day of polling on Sunday, a police official said.
The elections to the 250-ward MCD are seeing high-pitched contests between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which currently holds the reins of the civic bodies in the national capital, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), besides the Congress.
The national capital’s Excise Department has announced that alcohol sales will be prohibited for three days in Delhi starting from Friday evening.
The three-day ban came into force from the time the campaigning ends until the completion of voting.