NEW DELHI: With the Supreme Court giving the Municipal Corporation of Delhi 24 hours to issue the notice for mayoral polls, the civic body has put the process on fast track. While MCD officials confirmed that the file relating to the election process had been sent to the urban development department of Delhi government, they didn’t disclose the date. “The final date will be as per the recommendation of Delhi government and subject to the LG’s clearance. We have to give a three-day notice for calling the meeting,” an official said. Sources said the polls were likely to be held on February 22. A Delhi government official, however, said they hadn’t received the file till late in the evening. SC has ruled that the presiding officer will oversee the election of the mayor only even as it refused to allow the aldermen to participate in the process. This is likely to help AAP get its mayor and deputy mayor elected easily.AAP holds 150 seats in MCD (134 elected councillors, along with 13 MLAs and three MPs). It also has the support of an independent councillor. BJP has 112 seats (104 elected councillors, seven MPs and one MLA).Reacting to SC’s ruling, AAP’s mayoral candidate Shelly Oberoi said the people of Delhi had finally got justice. “We are positive that Delhi will get a mayor and deputy mayor at the next House meeting. A lot of work has been pending. The promises made by AAP, including the 10 guarantees programme, can now be finally implemented for the welfare of citizens,” she said.Experts that TOI spoke to said norms were clear right from the outset, but “wrongly interpreted”. Anil Gupta, former chief law officer in the erstwhile north corporation, said the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act was clear on aldermen not having a say in the mayoral election.”Section 3 (1) (b) of the DMC Act clearly states that the corporation consists of 10 nominated persons, not less than 25 years of age, and they shall have no right to vote in the meeting of the corporation. So, the presiding officer’s decision to allow the aldermen to vote was clearly against the norms,” he said.”The election process could have been completed on the first date itself (January 6) had the norms been followed properly. With the DMC Act mandating the elected councillors to file full disclosure of their assets within 30 days of taking oath (the failure to do so will result in disqualification), we are hopeful that the election will be held before the last date, that is, February 23.”BJP’s councillor and presiding officer Satya Sharma, meanwhile, blamed the ruckus in the House for the delay. “As far as the participation of aldermen is concerned, they have always been given voting rights in the ward committee. But we will fully abide by the court’s decision,” she said.