New Delhi: As the MCD elections inches closer, the state election commission has geared up to make arrangements for the poll day.  In a majority of wards, there is only one EVM machine for the electorate to cast their vote. However, wards where more than 16 candidates are in the battle field, two EVM machines will be placed. For this the EC has made special arrangements. Interestingly, there are few wards where only two candidates will contest the municipal elections.

For the elections to the 272 seats of the Urban Local Body, there are 19 seats where more than 16 contestants in each ward have drawn battle lines. Generally, EVMs can show a maximum of 16 names but if the number exceeds then second EVM has to be installed to give voter an option from the total choices available.

19 wards where two EVMs will be installed are-Mukundpur, Poonthkalam, Bawana, Pratap Vihar, Mongolpuri North, Sultanpuri Majra, Nangli Sakravati, Chhatarpur, Sangam Vihar, Jaitpur, Meethapur, Zakir Nagar, Okhla, Kalyanpur, Kichdipure, Kondli, Sundernagari , Subash Colony and Khajuri Khas. The maxmim number of candidates for MCD polls is from Okhla. 28 female candidates are in the fray.

From women reserved seats   like Sangam Vihar and Jaitpur, 21 female candidates from the former and 22 from the latter will contest the elections. From wards like Meethapur, Mongolpuri, Sultanpuri Majra and Bawana 17 female candidates have put their political fortunes at stake.

What makes the MCD polls interesting this year is the women quota seats.  The seats with the maximum and minimum candidates are reserved for women. For the Scheduled caste reserved Kalyanpuri seat 18 candidates have geared up to fight the poll battle.