New Delhi: More than 3,500 candidates have filed their nominations for the MCD elections. The exact number of candidates from different parties as well as independents to fight the Delhi Municipal polls will be revealed only after the examination of documents on Wednesday.  On April 1 the final list of the candidates will be available after the withdrawal of names.

It is being expected that nearly 2,500 candidates will fight for the electoral battle from 272 seats. In the last MCD elections as many as 2,571 candidates contested the elections. It is likely that the number might increase this year.

On late Tuesday night, the state Election Commission released the names of 2,543 candidates who had filed their nominations from 68 constituencies of the Returning Officers on Monday.  It included a candidate from All India Forward Party, 114 from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), 612 from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), seven from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), 548 from the Congress, 15 from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and six from the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party.

Five candidates from Janata Dal (Secular) and 28 of Janata Dal-United (JDU) had filed their nominations, whereas, 32 from the Lok Jan Shakti Party, one from the Muslim League Kerala State Committee, 62 from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), nine from the Rashtriya Janata Dal, 12 from the National Lok Dal , 83 from the Samajwadi Party , 15 from the Shiv Sena  and 992 candidates had filed their nominations on Monday.

According to the EC more names will be added to the list and it is likely that the number might reach to 3,505 in municipal polls.

JPN/Bureau