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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Commissionerate of Police has intensified enforcement measures in Cuttack for the upcoming Urban Local Body (ULB) polls in Odisha. As per Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Prateek Singh, the police have mounted strict vigilance on people with criminal antecedents.

A list of the persons with criminal antecedents has been prepared and a strict vigil has been kept on their activities. Besides, a blueprint has been readied to ensure that history sheeters do not get a chance to plan any untoward incidents during the elections. Special teams have also been formed to conduct patrolling and enforcement in view of the forthcoming municipal polls,” said Singh.

People having licensed firearms have been directed to deposit the weapons at the nearest police stations. Besides, round-the-clock policing is being done to check drug trafficking and boot-legging, he said.

"Political parties will have to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines issued by the State Election Commission. They have to take special permission from the nearest police station in order to take out rallies. Stern actions will be taken against the violators,” said Singh.

Earlier on February 25, the State Election Commission (SEC) had announced elections to 106 ULBs and three Municipal Corporations on March 24. While elections will be held in 3030 booths of 1731 wards in the 106 ULBs with over 27 lakh voters exercising their franchise, counting of votes will be held on March 26. 

The three Municipal Corporations will have a total of 168 wards and 1,407 booths. These include 67 wards and 705 booths in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), 59 wards and 452 booths in Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), and 42 wards and 250 booths in Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC).

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