In order to conduct the elections within the next three to four months, the State Election Commission (SEC) and BMC
authorities met on Wednesday to discuss the new ward boundaries and reservation preparation. After taking into account the rise in the population of Mumbai, the former MVA government decided to increase the number of wards from 227 to 236, or 236. For women, members of the OBC, and members of the SC-ST communities, the BMC held a ward reservation lottery.
However, following the fall of the MVA administration, the Supreme Court ordered the state to have elections, and as a result, BMC once more held the ward reservation lottery. Later, the 236 wards were downsized to 227 by the Shinde-Fadnavis administration. As a result, the preceding ward and reservation demarcation process is rendered useless. A BMC officer remarked, "A meeting with BMC has been scheduled by the SEC. Ward demarcation, ward reservation, and the ward reservation lottery formula will all be covered.
We will then call for public comments and objections. It will take 3–4 months to complete this process. Elections could therefore take place in March or April." BMC will have held a reservation lottery for the third time. On May 30, the first lottery was held, then on July 27, the second. Each ward demarcation and lottery process cost the BMC Rs 50 lakh and 400 employees.