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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Housing and Urban Development department of the Odisha government on Saturday released a draft notification listing reservations to the offices of Chairperson of the Municipality/ NAC for the next civic body polls slated to be held after the Panchayat elections.

The list mentions the posts in 107 Municipalities and NACs including reserved and unreserved ones.

The department has sought objections and suggestions within a period of fifteen days from the date of publication of the notification in the Odisha Gazette.

Releasing the notification, the Department stated, “The State government do hereby propose to publish a notification in the Odisha Gazette showing reservation of office of Chairperson of the Municipality/ NAC for several categories.”

“We invite objections/ suggestions from all persons interested in connection with this notification within a period of fifteen days from the date of publication of this notification in the Odisha Gazette. Any objection and suggestion which may be received by the Director Municipal Administration from any person interested on or before the expiry of the period so specified above shall be considered by the State Government,” the notice read.

It is pertinent to mention here that the State Election Commission has already begun preparations for the upcoming Odisha Municipal Polls with the despatch of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to 15 districts on December 16, 2021.

The receipt of grievances for 107 Municipalities ended on December 13, while the last date for receiving objections and grievances in Municipal Corporations was December 19.

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