Lok Sabha elections 2019: One of every two probables is no longer in contention
Delhiites will now have 164 candidates, of whom at least 44 are independents, to pick and choose from on May 12, when the national capital goes to vote on May 12.Updated: Nov 04, 2019 17:10 IST
At least one of every two candidates, who filed their nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, either saw their papers being rejected by the poll body after a scrutiny or withdrew their nominations on the last day.
Delhiites will now have 164 candidates, of whom at least 44 are independents, to pick and choose from on May 12, when the national capital goes to vote on May 12.
Only 17 of the total 164 candidates fighting the Lok Sabha election in Delhi are women, putting their share at a dismal 10%. The Congress has fielded its veteran leader and former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi. The BJP and the AAP have named lawyer-politician Meenakshi Lekhi and Atishi Marlena, respectively, to contest the polls.
“While we received at least 439 nominations from 349 candidates till April 23, only 173 of them were found to be valid after scrutiny. Nine more candidates withdrew their nominations on Friday. The total number of candidates who now will be contesting is 164,” said a senior official from the Delhi chief electoral officer’s office.
Candidates started filing their nominations from April 16. The last date for filing of nomination was April 23. The nominations were scrutinised on April 24, resulting in the rejection of several nominations. The last date of withdrawing nominations was Friday.
“While three candidates withdrew their nominations from south Delhi, two candidates each from North East and North West withdrew their nominations. At least one candidate each from east and west also withdrew their nominations on April 26,” said the official.
The maximum number of candidates contesting the elections is from south Delhi and New Delhi constituencies — 27 each. Northwest constituency has the least number of candidates – 11.
Between April 16 and April 23, the poll panel received the maximum number of nominations from North East constituency. At least 49 candidates had filed their nominations from the constituency. But after the scrutiny and withdrawal, only 24 candidates remain in fray.
“The maximum number of nominations was rejected from northeast constituency,” said the official.
Apart from the national and state level parties, several other parties such as Prism Party, Right to Recall Party, Pyramid Party of India and Challengers Party will also contest the elections. In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters and of these, 64 lakh are female voters. Besides this, there are 669 voters belonging to the third gender.