Odishatv Bureau

As many as 8,648 nomination papers submitted by candidates for election to various positions in the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions in Odisha were rejected during scrutiny on Sunday.

During the examination of the nomination papers, applications of 5,544 candidates for the election to ward member positions were rejected due to several reasons. 
Similarly, 1,753 nominations filed for the posts of Sarpanch, 1,119 for Panchayat Samiti member and 232 Zilla Parishad member were also rejected during the scrutiny. 

Out of the total remaining 2.20 lakh valid nomination papers, 1, 56,753 are for the post of ward member, 32,860 for Sarpanch, 27,034 for Panchayat Samiti member, and 3,767 for Zilla Parishad member.

With the deadline for withdrawal of nomination papers being up to January 25, the final list of candidates to remain in the fray for the poll will be published on the same day.

The Panchayat elections in Odisha will be held in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 while results will be declared on February 26, 27, and 28.
The election will be held for 91,913 ward member posts, 6,794 Sarpanches, 6,793 Panchayat Samiti members, and 853 Zilla Parishad members.

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