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Tag: State Election Commission

State Election Commission Is A Toothless Body, Alleges Odisha BJP
State Election Commission Is A Toothless Body, Alleges Odisha BJP

State BJP general secretary Lekhashree Samantasinghar accused the SEC of being a tool in the hands of the BJD-led government. 

Odisha Panchayat Polls: Opposition Seek Postponement, SEC To Issue Guidelines; PIL In Orissa HC
Odisha Panchayat Polls: Opposition Seek Postponement, SEC To Issue Guidelines; PIL In Orissa HC

The Opposition is demanding for postponement of the polls for at least three months citing three reasons- Covid third wave and reservation for ST and OBC candidates.

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Odisha Publishes Draft List Of Reservation For Panchayat Elections

The draft lists of reservations for the upcoming three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha was published by the Panchayati Raj Department on Friday

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Panchayat Poll Counting To Be Held At Block Level; SEC Seeks Data On Ballot Boxes

The poll body stated that it had received the data on ballot boxes from various districts which is much lesser than the boxes supplied to them

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Odisha Panchayat Polls To Get Delayed This Time!

The three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha scheduled for February 2022 are likely to get delayed due to inordinate hold-up in completion of the ward delimitation and reservation works by the State government.

ULB Polls In Odisha After Delimitation, Reservation Of Wards: SEC

Bhubaneswar: The election to the urban bodies in the State will be held within four months after the completion of delimitation and reservation of wards by the Odisha government, said State Election Commission secretary Rabindranath Sahu on Thursday. Talking to media, Sahu said, “The State government is responsible for delimitation and reservation of wards, while […]

State Election Commission sets ball rolling for urban polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) has set the ball rolling on holding the urban elections soon in the State. It has recently asked the State Urban Development department to furnish all details regarding delimitation of wards and reservation of seats under the municipal limits. It needs reminding that Odisha HC had struck down Odisha […]

Shifting of railway electrification unit: BJD alleges model code violation

Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD has strongly opposed the decision of the railways to shift the Bhubaneswar office of Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) to Bangalore. Alleging that it is a clear case of violation of model code of conduct, BJD Spokesperson Sasmit Patra on Saturday informed that the party would move the State Election Commission […]

2019 elections: Odisha EC preparations fuel early-poll speculations

Bhubaneswar: With the State Election Commission expediting preparations, speculations of an early-poll are gathering steam. A month after seeking information on expenses during the upcoming elections from the district electoral officers, the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has issued a directive for setting up storehouses for safekeeping of EVMs and VVPAT machines for which Rs […]

Uncertainty looms over elections to 65 civic bodies

Bhubaneswar: Uncertainty looms over elections to 65 urban local bodies (ULBs), which should be held by September this year by the State Election Commission (SEC), as the State government has expressed its incapability to complete ward delimitation and seat reservation within stipulated time frame. As per a letter written to the SEC on June 13, […]

2019 elections: Odisha EC asks Collectors to submit poll expenses estimate

Bhubaneswar: With the upcoming general elections barely a year away, the State Election Commission has started its preparations by asking district collectors to submit estimates regarding expenses for the polls. Confirming the development, Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Surendra Kumar on Monday informed that it is a routine process which needs to be undertaken at […]

BJP slams ruling BJD over poll commission appointment

Bhubaneswar: BJP on Monday lambasted the ruling party over appointment of Naba Kumar Nayak as the State Election Commissioner. The saffron party was up in arms alleging that the State government has appointed a junior level officer to the constitutional post. BJP spokesperson Pitambar Acharya said, “The service rule has been violated by appointing Nayak […]

Paper trail machines to be used during Bijepur bypoll

Bhubaneswar:  Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used during the Bijepur bypoll in Odisha. Chief Electoral Officer, DN Gupta stated that VVPAT machines will be used in future general elections as per the notification of the Election Commission of India. VVPAT machines will be attached to the electronic voting machines (EVM) in […]

Civic polls: SEC asks govt to complete ward delimitation by Jan 2018

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) has asked the government to initiate preparations for urban local body (ULB) polls and complete ward delimitation by January 2018. In a letter to the Urban Development department, secretary of the SEC RN Sahu asked the government to finish delimitation of 93 ULBs. Term of 66 ULBs including the […]

ZP chairman election in Malkangiri, Nuapada on Apr 26

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) of Odisha on Thursday announced dates for the Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman and vice-chairman elections in two left out places in the state. The ZP chairman polls will be conducted on April 26 in Malkangiri and Nuapada districts, a notification issued by the SEC said. Polls for the posts […]

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HC directs SEC to hold Zilla Parishad election in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court, on Monday, directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to conduct Zilla Parishad president election in Malkangiri. The HC ordered to hold elections in 18 gram panchayats of Chitrakonda I & II zones  in the district. Of the 13 Zilla Parishad zones in Malkangiri, elections to the two zones are yet […]

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Changes to ZP election rules during polls unacceptable: SEC

Cuttack: The State Election Commission (SEC), while presenting its stand before the Orissa High Court on the case filed challenging the changes made by the State government to the Odisha Zilla Parishad (ZP) Election Rules-1994, strongly objected such a change citing that government interference during the election process is unacceptable. Once the election begins, even […]

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Repolling at 14 places in Odisha on April 19

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) finalised April 19 as the date for repolling in the 14 places where the three-tier panchayat polls were stalled due to death of contestants. Notices regarding this will be sent to Panchayat offices, Block offices, Sub-Collector offices and District Collector offices on March 17. According to sources aspiring candidates […]

Poll irregularities allegations
BJP alleges discrepancy in panchayat poll results

Bhubaneswar: Amid fresh allegations and counter allegations of forgery in counting and discrepancy in the declaration of the three-tier panchayat poll results, the BJP today has alleged that the ruling BJD has snatched away 34 Zilla Parishad zones from the former. Demanding suspension of an Election Officer, alleging him of felicitating the victory of a […]

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Panchayat Polls: BJD sits on top with 472 ZP seats, BJP 298, Cong slips to 3rd spot

Bhubaneswar: With the official tabulation and declaration of results of panchayat elections concluded today, BJD retained the top position by grabbing 472 Zilla Parishad zones and BJP rose to second spot with 298 seats. Congress slipped to third position with only 60 seats. Similarly, Independent and other candidates have managed to pocket 16 zones. Out […]

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SEC gears up for official announcement of Panchayat poll results tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: With the official announcement of the Panchayat Polls result scheduled to be made tomorrow by the State Election Commission (SEC), all arrangements have been made in all Block offices in Odisha from where the results will be announced after tabulation. The tabulation process in all the Block offices will begin from 9 am for […]

Odisha Panchayat elections: Re-polling held in 32 Wards

Bhubaneswar: Nearly 73 per cent of electorates today cast their votes during re-polling in 32 Wards spread over ten districts in Odisha, officials said. Re-polling was held in the districts of Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Rayagada and Sambalpur where polling was disrupted during the last phase of polling yesterday, State Election […]

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Massive use of black money by BJD, BJP influenced voters: Cong

Bhubaneswar: Making himself accountable to the miserable show of Congress in the three-tier Panchayat polls which was concluded in Odisha today, president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Prasad Harichandan said there are other factors responsible for the dismal performance of his party. “Both BJP and BJP managed to influence the voters through massive use […]

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Voting cancelled in Ganjam GP as sarpanch candidate dies

Ganjam: Voting in Brahmanchhai gram panchayat (GP) under Sheragada block of the district was cancelled on Tuesday after a sarpanch candidate of the GP died last night in poll related violence. The deceased has been identified as Bulu Pradhan. Locals said, Pradhan was also contesting in the ongoing panchayat election as a samiti member. State […]

Poor show in Western Odisha leaves BJD grappling

Bhubaneswar: With BJP slowly inching closer, BJD’s performance in Western Odisha in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls has left the ruling party with a lot to think about. The ruling-party’s poor show in the Western parts of Odisha has been beyond comprehension for many both inside and outside the party. Out of the 189 Zilla […]