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Tag: Chief Electoral Officer

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Pipili Bypoll: 201 Booths Designated Critical

With Pipili by-election slated to be held on September 30, Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Sushil Lohani on Tuesday shared the updates on preparations. According to Lohani, the silence period started from Monday (September 27) evening 6 PM.

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Mamata Approaches EC Demanding Recounting In Nandigram

Kolkata: In a major development, the Trinamool Congress on Sunday approached state Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab demanding recounting of votes in Nandigram after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost from…

Pipili Bypoll
Pipili Bypoll: Odisha CEO Announces Guidelines

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Sushil Kumar Lohani on Wednesday made a slew of announcements for the upcoming  byelection to the Pipili Assembly constituency in the State slated to be held on April 17. Addressing a press conference, Lohani said the number of booths have been increased this year from 271 to 348 […]

Odisha: Special Drive For Revision Of Electoral Roll Underway; New Voter List In January 2021

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sushil Kumar Lohani on Friday said a new voter list will be published in the State on January 15 next year. A special drive for revision of the electoral roll is currently underway. Applications are being invited for deletion, inclusion of names or revision of data in the voters […]

Odisha Bypoll Results: 3 Tier Security For Counting of Votes Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: With people of Balasore Sadar and Tirtol assembly constituencies eagerly awaiting the results of the recently held by-elections, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Sushil Lohani on Monday has shared details on the necessary arrangements in place for counting of votes which will begin at 8 am tomorrow (November 10). A three-layer security arrangement has been […]

Sushil Kumar Lohani Is New Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Bijepur bypoll on October 21, the Election Commission of Indian (ECI) has approved appointment of 1995-batch IAS officer Sushil Kumar Lohani as the next Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha. Lohani’s name was finally approved by the ECI from the three-member list of IAS officers whose names were recommended by the State Government […]

Re-polling begins at 34 booths across Odisha amid tight security

Bhubaneswar: Following directions from the Election Commisison of India (ECI), re-polling began in 34 booths amid tight security arrangements across Odisha today. Taking cognisance of irregularities and incidents of violence in 34 booths during third and fourth phase of polls held on April 23 and April 29 respectively, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) had recommended […]

Re-polling in 34 booths of Odisha likely on May 19

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognizance of irregularities and incidents of violence at several booths during 3rd and 4th phase polls in the State, the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Surendra Kumar today informed that re-polling will take place in 34 booths. Earlier, Kumar had requested Election Commission of India for re-polling in the concerned booths. Re-polling will […]

Patkura Assembly election postponed; to be completed within 60 days

Bhubaneswar: In view of the serious devastation caused by cyclone Fani, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has extended the completion of Patkura Assembly polls by 60 days, informed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha today. The date of poll will be suitably decided after assessing local situation, the CEO added. The Patkura Assembly poll […]

Odisha BJP demands re-polling in 9 'rigged' booths of Athagarh

Bhubaneswar: Alleging rigging, the Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded re-polling in nine booths of Atagarh Assembly constituency. A delegation of the saffron party led by Cuttack Lok Sabha candidate and former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra and party’s state Vice-President Samir Mohanty met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha and […]

Odisha Elections 2019: BJP moves CEO against 3 bureaucrats

Bhubaneswar: Alleging undue influence of bureaucrats in affairs of the ruling-BJD during the ongoing elections in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to track three senior bureaucrats- Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian, OSD to CM DS Kuttey & DIG Intelligence Asish Singh. A delegation of the […]

Poll violence: Fear of defeat haunting BJD, says BJP

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday targeted the ruling-BJD over rising incidents of poll violence in the State and accused that the fear of defeat in the 2019 Elections is making the regional party violent. Addressing a press meet, Lekhashree Samantsinghar, the general secretary of the BJP, said that fear of defeat in the […]

Cash, liquor seizures in Odisha before polls raise serious concern

Rourkela/Kalahandi/Bhubaneswar: With multiple incidents of cash and liquor seizures reported in Odisha just before the elections, concerns are being raised over free and fair conduct of polls across the State. A special flying squad for elections on Wednesday recovered cash worth Rs 27.49 lakh during inspection of vehicles at Mahapani chhak in Bisra area of […]

Audi driver gives flying squad a slip, abandons bag containing Rs 27 lakh

Rourkela: A special flying squad for elections today recovered cash worth Rs 27.49 lakh during inspection of vehicles at Mahapani chhak in Bisra area of Rourkela. The seizure took place after the driver of an Audi car abandoned the bag with cash and fled the scene along with the vehicle. Biswaranjan Rath, Nodal Officer of […]

BJD alleges violation of EC Guidelines by OTV; channel strongly refutes

Bhubaneswar: A delegation of the Biju Janata Dal, including party spokespersons Sasmit Patra and Sulochana Das today moved Chief Electoral Officer alleging violation of the ‘Election Commission Guidelines’ by OTV, Odisha’s leading media house. The delegation sought action against the channel stating that it telecast a press conference of Bharatiya Janata Party during silence period. […]

Odisha farmers on streets again; scuffle with police during CEO office gherao

Bhubaneswar: Farmers under the aegis of Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) attempted to gherao the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Bhubaneswar protesting against the callous attitude of the State government towards their demands of price, prestige and pension. The farmers reportedly threatened to boycott elections if their demands are not fulfilled. As per […]

2014 poll manifesto: BJD lodges complaint against BJP

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJP released its poll manifesto for Odisha, ruling-BJD today lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and the Kharavela Nagar Police Station alleging that the saffron party cheated the people of Odisha. The BJD alleged that BJP has duped people of Odisha by not fulfilling the promise of special […]

BJD LS candidate in trouble for discrepancies in father's name

Keonjhar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has drawn the attention of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) over discrepancies found in the father’s name of BJD’s Keonjhar Lok Sabha candidate, Chandrani Murmu. As per reports, while the father’s name registered in Chandrani’s nomination paper is Sanjeeb Murmu, in the voter identification card it is Sanjeeb Sinha. Similarly, […]

BJD accuses Chief Electoral Officer of acting under BJP pressure

Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha, the ruling-BJD on Monday alleged that the official is not impartial to all the parties. Briefing the media here, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said the CEO Surendra Kumar has stopped the disbursal of money to small and marginal farmers under the Krushak Assistance for […]

Dharmendra targets BJD, questions CEO over KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday slammed the State government over reports quoting Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) posers to Odisha Government over the absence of beneficiary list and no clear-cut budgetary allocation for the KALIA scheme. Pradhan alleged that BJD-led government has cheated the people of Odisha by neither making adequate budgetary provision nor […]

BJP pressurising CEO to stop assistance under KALIA Scheme: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Odisha, the BJD today alleged that the CEO is not allowing the State government to disburse money under KALIA scheme citing violation of model code of conduct. At a presser, party Spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “The action being taken by […]

BJD moves CEO alleging poll code violation by BJP

Bhubaneswar: Accusing BJP of violating model code of conduct, a delegation of the BJD today lodged a complaint before the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar here. The BJD alleged that senior leader and BJP Vice-president Baijayant Panda is engaging video-campaigning vehicle in Kendrapara without the required permission from the Chief Electoral Officer. Hoardings […]

Poll Irregularities Or MCC Breach? Ring Up 24X7 Control Room

Bhubaneswar: In order to put a check on the poll irregularities and other malfunctions ahead and during the 2019 polls, a 24X7 control room was opened at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Bhubaneswar on Friday. The control room would monitor activities like poll irregularities, model code of conduct (MCC) violation, and […]

Elections 2019: Special campaign to enroll left-out voters on Feb 23 & 24

Bhubaneswar: Following the directive of the Election Commission of India ahead of the general elections, the Chief Electoral Officer on Wednesday directed to hold special campaigns on February 23 and 24 for the enrolment of voters who have been left out in the electoral list. “Continuous updation of Electoral Rolls- Special Campaign Day on February […]

False affidavit against BJD MP: ECI seeks report from Chief Electoral Officer

Bhubaneswar: Following a delay in receipt of a factual report from the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha pertaining to a false affidavit case against BJD’s Rajya Sabha member Achyuta Samanta, the Election Commission of India has directed the CEO to provide a detailed report at the earliest. In a letter dated December 31 to […]

Mock poll drill using VVPAT machines in Odisha from Jan 7: CEO

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to allay apprehensions over Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, a mock poll drill will be conducted across Odisha from January 7, informed chief electoral officer of the State, Surendra Kumar. Addressing a press conference regarding preparedness for the upcoming polls, Kumar stated that final version of the revised voters’ […]

Elections 2019: Revision of electoral rolls begins today

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations of early elections, the process of voter list revision began today. While the revision will continue till October 31, the final voter list will however be published on January 4, 2019. While claims and objections can be filed between September 1 and October 31, disposal of the same will be done before […]

Elections 2019: All-party meeting in Odisha ahead of electoral roll revision

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Surendra Kumar held a meeting with the representatives of different political parties of the State in Bhubaneswar today ahead of the electoral roll revision for the upcoming general elections. Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera from BJD, Samir Mohanty and Pitambar Acharya from BJP and Congress vice president […]

Elections 2019: Chief Electoral Officer to hold all-party meeting today

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats round the corner, the State Chief Electoral Officer will hold an all-party meeting today to discuss several issues pertaining to the poll preparations, sources said. CEO Surendra Kumar will meet leaders and representatives of various political parties and discuss issues like use of EVMs, […]

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Senior citizens demand cancellation of Achyuta Samanta’s RS ticket

Bhubaneswar: Days after KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta filed nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections, a few senior citizens of Bhubaneswar today moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) demanding an inquiry into his alleged illegal and unauthorised activities and cancellation of his nomination over allegations of land grabbing. As per the complaint, the senior […]

Op-Ed: Intelligentsia & fear of the bigger evil

It has been two days since the BJD formally lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing leading Odia TV channel OTV of peddling ‘paid news’ designed to favour the BJP and work against the ruling party in the run up to the Bijepur by-election. Over the last two days, I have been […]

This is cheap politics: MP Jay Panda on OTV links

Bhubaneswar: Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on Monday tore into BJD for accusing him of carrying out a motivated campaign against the party through OTV. Terming it ‘cheap politics’, Panda said, “They (BJD) ignore the fact that OTV has carried every allegation against me. I’m not involved in running OTV, which is run professionally vide a […]

OTV refutes BJD's paid news allegation

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD on Monday knocked on the doors of Chief Electoral Officer accusing OTV of telecasting ‘paid news’ to favour BJP candidate in the ensuing Bijepur by-poll. However OTV has termed such allegations as false and baseless. As per OTV’s clarification: OTV’s credibility as the number one regional channel in Odisha for the […]

Bijepur bypoll: BJP charges four bureaucrats with code violation

Bhubaneswar: Alleging violation of model code of conduct which is in force for Bijepur bypoll, the Odisha unit of BJP today lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO)  against four senior bureaucrats demanding action against them for a free and fair election. The four officers are – V K Pandian, private secretary to […]

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BJP delegation meets Guv, BJD members complain to CEO

Bhubaneswar: A delegation of BJP leaders led by Odisha unit vice president Sameer Mohanty today met Governor SC Jamir opposing the appointment of Naba Kumar Nayak as the State Election Commissioner. The members of the party alleged that the appointment of Nayak has been done to help the state government keeping in view the upcoming […]

Surendra Kumar new Electoral Officer of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Bijepur bypoll, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat has appointed Surendra Kumar as the new Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha. An official notification was issued in this regard today. Kumar, a 1993 batch IAS officer, replaced DN Gupta as the CEO of Odisha. Currently Kumar is holding the position of […]

EC begins spadework for Bijepur bypoll; date yet to be declared

Bhubaneswar: The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and Electronic Voting Machines have been procured for the Bijepur bypoll, said Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha DN Gupta today without disclosing date for the by-election. He informed mediapersons that VVPAT machines have been procured from Gujarat as per the directive of the Election Commission of India. […]

Centre responsible for delay in Bijepur bypoll: BJD MP

Bhubaneswar: The BJP-led Central government is intentionally delaying announcement of the Bijepur bypoll date, alleged BJD MP Prasanna Acharya today. “The national parties, especially the ruling party are lagging behind in preparations; they have not announced a candidate for the Bijepur bypoll and for some other reasons they want the election to be delayed,” said […]

BJP demands action against Kendrapara MLA in affidavit row

Bhubaneswar: A team of Odisha BJP led by vice president Sameer Mohanty met the Chief Electoral Officer here on Thursday and demanded action against Kendrapara MLA Kishore Chandra Tarai in connection with ‘false’ information furnished by the legislator in his poll affidavit. Citing that the affidavit filed by Tarai contains somebody else’s name, the party […]

Voters education holds importance in enhancing electoral participation: Governor

Bhubaneswar: Voters’ education holds importance in enhancing electoral participation. Specific campaigns are to be organized for creating awareness among persons with disabilities, homeless persons, tribal communities, transgender and members of marginalized sections so that they realize the importance and paramount influence of their votes and become registered voters, said Governor SC Jamir. Speaking at the […]