After months of ground work and consultations with Members of Parliament, Legislative Assembly and the Municipal Corporations, the State Election Commission (SEC) has submitted the draft of the ward delimitation process in the capital on the Delhi government website.
The next step in the finalisation of delimitation of municipal wards is public consultation, which could take another month. In its present state, the delimitation could change existing boundaries of 272 wards. The AAP, the BJP and the Congress believe redrawing of the wards could affect the outcome of the general municipal elections due next year.
The Congress had earlier raised objections to the boundaries of at least 60 assembly constituencies being affected by this process of delimitation of wards, even as the DMC Act suggests that in redefining civic wards, assembly boundaries should not be changed. Ahead of the general elections to the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the SEC has been tasked with redefining the boundaries of municipal wards based on average populations after the last census in 2011.
Different wards in the three municipal corporations will be delimited on the basis of the average population of approximately 60,000 people per ward.
Accordingly, the number of newly delimited wards may be reduced from four (presently) to three or increased from five to seven as the case may be. However, to keep each ward ‘geographically compact’, the boundary of the wards will be kept within the limits of the constituency. The SEC has stated that all objections to the drafts can be lodged with the commission in the next 15 days.