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SEC issues poll notification for 22 urban local bodies

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State Election Commissioner Ajit Kumar Tripathy announcing the polling dates in Bhubaneswar on Monday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda
State Election Commissioner Ajit Kumar Tripathy announcing the polling dates in Bhubaneswar on Monday.—Photo: Lingaraj Panda

The State Election Commission on Monday issued notification for conducting elections in as many as 22 urban local bodies in nine districts of western Odisha.

The polling in the 22 ULBs will be held on November 22 and results will be declared on November 23, according to the Commission.

The elections in the ULBs in western Odisha were postponed due to the agitation by the lawyers of the region demanding establishment of a permanent bench of the High Court in the region.

The districts where the civic polls will be held in 10 Municipalities and 12 Notified Area Councils are Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Bolangir, Subarnapur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi and Nuapada.

Elections, however, will not be held in Sambalpur Municipality, Hirakud NAC and Rourkela Municipality as there was a proposal for formation of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation and Rourkela Municipal Corporation.

As per the notification issued for the polls in 22 ULBs, the Commission said the issue of notice by the Election Officers calling for names of candidates will be done on October 25, and issue of nomination forms and filing of nominations will be done from October 28 to November 1.

The scrutiny of nominations will be held on November 4.

“The model code of conduct comes into immediate effect in these places with the announcement of poll dates,” State Election Commissioner Ajit Kumar Tripathy said at a press conference.

A total 6,07,715 voters will exercise their franchise at 669 booths of 342 wards, Mr. Tripathy said.

Meanwhile, the Central Action Committee of Western Odisha Bar Associations, which had given a call for `no court, no vote’ during its agitation for High Court bench, said that they will clarify their stand on the announcement of the poll dates and their next course of action after holding a meeting shortly.

The polls to 22 ULBs will be conducted on November 22


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