New Delhi March 23, 2017: The Delhi high Court on Thursday dismissed the petition filed against Election Commission on seat allocation to women and reserved categories. The petitions filed by NGOs and several social activists say that the number of wards in each of the three corporations – 104 each in South and North and 64 in East — has remained the same, the number of wards in a few assembly segments has changed.

The Delhi high Court on March 13 sent notice to Delhi State Election Commission seeking its response to a petition on notifications on an allocation of wards for reserved categories and women in the upcoming civic polls.

Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar member of Bench of Justices issued the notice to the Delhi State Election Commission directing it to explain the manner in which it has allotted the seats for the reserved category. The week ago when the court reserved its verdict on pleas seeking to quash of the notification laying down the manner of allocation of wards for reserved categories and women in the upcoming MCD polls. “Arguments heard. Judgement reserved,” a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar said. They have also challenged the commission’s February 6 notification, announcing the election for 272 wards of the three municipal corporations here.

State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava yesterday said the Delhi MCD elections 2017 have been postponed because of the CBSE board exams. According to the new MCD poll schedule, the counting of votes will now take place on April 23, instead of April 22. The MCD election results will be declared on April 26, instead of April 25. The elections have been postponed in view of the CBSE board examination. Elections to the three municipal corporations in the national capital will be held on April 23 and counting will take place on April 26 while nomination process will begin on March 27.