On March 30, Jayanti had alleged that shots were fired in front of her house and death threats were issued to her. She had then accused the workers of the ruling BJD of resorting to blank firing and issuing death threats to her.
According to political analysts, no Muslim woman has so far been elected as chairperson of any civic body in Odisha so far. However, one Md Akbar was the chairperson of another Muslim dominated municipality in Kendrapara from 1983 to 1990.
The Odisha State Election Commission (SEC) has informed that the average voter turnout in 3 Municipal Corporations of the State is 21 percent while around 32 percent of total voters have exercised their franchise in other urban local bodies in an average till 12 pm on Thursday.
Moreover, the saffron party has filed a complaint about such incidents to the Sub-Collector and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Berhampur and demanded the authorities to provide protection to the party candidates.
The highest number of 5,045 candidates filed their nominations on the last day. Of them 4,541 nominations were filed for councilor/corporator posts and the remaining 504 for the post of chairperson/mayors.
State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi said that since there has been a significant drop in the daily Covid-19 cases, restrictions will be lifted for campaigning during the crucial elections to 106 urban local bodies (ULBs) and three municipal corporations, scheduled to be held on March 24.
The government servants should remain absolutely impartial during the ULB elections and he/she shall not indulge in any campaigning activities for or against any contesting candidate or any political party, he said.
As per the notification, the elections to 106 urban local bodies (ULBs) and three municipal corporations will be held on March 24. Similarly, the counting of votes will be held on March 26.
On February 11, the SEC decided to include the ‘None Of the Above’ (NOTA) option in the forthcoming civic body polls in the State in a bid to empower the voters to use their discretion while voting.
The Odisha government on Monday released the detailed schedule for completion of delimitation of wards and reservation of seats to make way for the upcoming elections to the Urban Local Bodies in the State.
For over two and half years, Municipal Bodies of Odisha are without elected representatives despite specific Constitutional mandate to hold Municipal Election before completion of the five year term of a Municipal Body.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Orissa High Court had struck down the Odisha Municipal (Delimitation of wards, Reservation of seats and Conduct of Elections) Amendment Rules, 2016 after the reservation of seats crossed 50 per cent.