New Delhi: Elections to the newly-carved three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) will be held on April 15, the Delhi State Election Commission announced on Thursday.

Elections to all three MCDs will be held on the same day and votes polled will be taken up for counting on April 17, State Election Commissioner Rakesh Mehta said.

"The Model Code of Conduct will be in place from Monday," he told a press conference here.

Filing of nominations for all 272 wards will begin on March 19, while the last date for filing of nominations is March 26, he said.

The announcement for the polls comes a day after Delhi High Court dismissed a batch of petitions seeking quashing of notification by the State Election Commission questioning the method adopted by it for reserving seats for Scheduled Caste candidates.

The tenure of the current MCD would come to an end on April 5 and the whole exercise of electing councillors for the three new bodies will have to be completed before that.

The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill was passed by Delhi Assembly on December 1, paving the way for trifurcation of MCD.

The Bill was given assent by President Pratibha Patil in December last year, following which the city government notified it as an Act.

As per the Act, MCD will be split into North, South and East Delhi municipal corporations and 50 per cent of the total 272 seats will be reserved for women as against 33 per cent now.

The North and South Delhi bodies will have 104 wards each, while the civic body in East Delhi will have 64 wards.

The Union Home Ministry had cleared the proposal in November last year, five months after receiving it from the Delhi government.

(Agencies)