New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The assembly elections in Delhi will be held in single phase on February 8 and the counting of votes will be held on February 11, the Election Commission announced on Monday. 

Addressing the media, Chief Election Commission Sunil Arora announced that the polling on 70 seats in the national capital will be held in single phase. 

Arora further announced that the model code of conduct will be come into effect immediately following the announcement of polling schedule. 

The CEC further announced that the notification for Delhi Assembly election will be held on January 14. 

90,000 polling officials will be deployed and 1,46,92,136 voters will exercise their voting right to elect the next government, the Election Commission said.  

"New concept of absentee voters introduced, enables those voters to take part in polls who are not able to come to polling stations due to physical circumstances or unavoidable reasons. PWDs & Senior citizens above 80 years can either vote in person or vote through postal ballot," Arora said. 

Here are some other important dates related to the Delhi Assembly elections 2020 as announced by the Election Commission: 

Notification: January 14, Tuesday

Last date for nomination: January 21, Tuesday

Scrutiny of nomination: January 22, Wednesday

Last date of withdrawal: January 24, Friday

The assembly polls in the national capital will witness a three-sided contest between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the BJP and the Congress. 

The term of the 70-member Delhi Assembly is ending on February 22 and a new House has to be constituted before that.

It is worth mentioning that Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi is eyeing for a consecutive second term banking on freebies it announced last year including free ride for women in DTC and cluster buses, free electricity for consumption upto 200 units, among the other slew of measures.

Congress has also announced that if it comes to power then it will give relief to people consuming up to 600 units of electricity. The Congress has also played a bet on the controversial Citizenship Act, saying that if voted to power, it will not let the new law, along with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be implemented in the national capital.

The BJP is trying to woo Purvanchali vote bank by the help of actor and singer turned politician Manoj Tiwari while it also has leaders like Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Parvesh Varma as its strong pillars.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta