Panchayat polls: List of eligible candidates to be declared today

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission on Thursday will announce the list of eligible candidates for the three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha scheduled.

According to reports, as many as 2,20,789 candidates have filed papers for panchayat polls scheduled to begin from February 13.

Officials said while 3,880 candidates have filed papers for Zilla Parishad (ZP) member positions, the number is 33,348 for Sarpanch seats. For Panchayat Samiti Members at least 27,475 aspiring candidates have filed papers and, 1,56,086 for Ward Member positions.

A statement released by State Election Commission (SEC) said, with 16,054 nominations Balasore district has received the highest number of papers while Jharsuguda district has the lowest candidates with 1908.

Tuesday was the last day to file nomination papers.

Officials said, candidates wishing to withdraw their names, can do so by 21 January and the final list of candidates in poll fray will be announced on the same date.

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