Elections in 91 urban local bodies of the State will be held on September 19. The State Election Commission (SEC) issued notification in this regard today and the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.
As per the announcement of SEC Ajit Kumar Tripathy, notification for filling of nomination will be issued on August 16. The candidates can file their nominations between Aug 20 and Aug 24. The nominations will be scrutinised on Aug 26 and the final list of candidates will be declared on Aug 29. The results of these elections will be declared on September 20.
The candidates will have to strictly adhere to the model code of conduct during the election process, Tripathy said.
Besides Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC), the elections will be held in 32 Municipalities and 58 NACs even as the tenure of these urban local bodies will expire on September 30.
For this year’s election, number of wards have increased by 16 and touched 1569 after fresh delimitation. Last time, elections were held in 1553 wards in these local bodies.
BMC will witness elections in 40 wards while Rourkela and Puri Municipalities will see elections in 33 wards each.
As many as 27.56 lakh voters will cast their vote in 3,010 booths even as 50 per cent and 27 per cent seats have been reserved for women and OBCs respectively.
Elections to the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Municipal Corporation would be held before December and January respectively before their tenure expires, official sources said.
The hurdles before the urban polls were cleared after Orissa High Court lifted its interim stay on urban local body elections on August 6 and directed the state government and the SEC to go ahead with elections.
Nearly 80 writ petitions filed in HC had challenged government’s fixing of reservation of seats on the basis of 2001 census, when the census report of 2011 was available.