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Tag: State Election Commission

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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 […]

Repolling
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 […]

Prasad Harichandan
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 […]

SEC secy Rabindranath Sahu
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 […]

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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 […]

Migration - Panchayat polls
Migration shadows poll atmosphere in Bolangir villages

Bolangir: Even as panchayat elections have created much hype in every lane and by-lane of rural pockets in Odisha, some villages in Patanagarh area of the district have worn a deserted look as most of the villagers have migrated outside in search of greener pastures. The State Election Commission (SEC) has made all arrangements in […]

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Panchayat polls: BJP demands judicial probe into model code violation

Sambalpur: The BJP today demanded judicial probe into violation of model code of conduct by the some political leaders and top senior bureaucrats and a series of political violence during panchayat polls perpetrated by the ruling party in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha. Briefing media persons here, BJP National President Suresh Pujari said […]

RN Sahu on 5th phase polls
Preparations put in place for fifth phase Panchayat Polls

Bhubaneswar: Elaborate arrangements have been made for the fifth and final phase Panchayat polls beginning in Odisha tomorrow. Talking to media persons here today, State Election Commission (SEC) secretary Rabindranath Sahu said polling for 1173 Sarpanch and 16,148 Samiti Member posts in 149 Zilla Parishad zones will be held in 26 districts. “Barring Angul, Boudh, […]

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Polling for 4th phase Panchayat polls begins in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The fourth and penultimate phase Panchayat polls began in Odisha this morning amid tight security in 28 districts. Barring Jharsuguda and Boudh districts, polling would be conducted in the remaining 28 districts. “A total of 50,61,974people would exercise their franchise for the election of 1324 Panchayat Samiti members and 18,876 Ward Members in 162 […]

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Harassment of party workers: BJP warns of action against bureaucrats

Jeypore: Taking strong exception to the persistent harassment of party workers and leaders by some bureaucrats in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha, the BJP today said it would take appropriate action against them after the party comes to power in 2019. “There are a number of bureaucrats who are harassing our party workers […]

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BJD blames overconfidence for lost ground in Panchayat polls

Bhubaneswar: With BJP is breathing down BJD’s neck as shown in the unofficial results of the first three phases of 3-tier panchayat polls, the latter has admitted that overconfidence on the part of party members has led it to lose ground to the former. “Overconfidence many a times leads to the downfall of a party. […]

SEC
Three-tier security for 4th phase Panchayat polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The fourth and penultimate phase Panchayat polls will begin tomorrow amid tight security in 28 districts, the State Election Commission (SEC) said today. Barring Jharsuguda and Boudh districts, polling would be conducted in the remaining 28 districts. “A total of 50,61,974people would exercise their franchise for the election of 1324 Panchayat Samiti members and […]

repolling
Panchayat polls: Repolling held at 36 booths across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Repolling was held at 36 booths across the State today where voting for the first phase panchayat polls was cancelled by the State Election Commission (SEC) due to disturbances and cases of violence related to the rural elections. In Kendrapara district, the repolling was conducted at two booths in Bangalapur panchayat, eight booths under […]

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3rd phase panchayat poll results: BJD, BJP battle it out as Congress falls flat

Bhubaneswar: BJP continued its dream run by winning 62 Zilla Parishad (ZP) zones and closely followed BJD which emerged on top by claiming 89 out of 172 from the 175 Zilla Parishad zones which went for polls in the third phase of the 3-tier panchayat elections on Feb 17. Congress’ dismal performance continued as it […]

Kalahandi violence
Villagers protest ghost polling, scuffle with police

Bhawanipatna: Tension ran high at Siripur booth under Zilla Parishad Zone-4 of Bhawanipatna block in Kalahandi district after irate locals scuffled with the policemen and polling officials alleging ghost polling in the polling booth in their area. As soon as counting began at 1 PM after conclusion of the third phase Panchayat polls, the polling […]

Panchayat poll results
Time to Junk Delusion, Get Real for BJD

By Sandeep Sahu What a turn-around it has been! In five days flat, the BJD, which deluded itself – and persuaded many others to believe likewise – that it is destined to rule till eternity, has been yanked off the high pedestal it had perched itself on and brought down to the ground with a […]

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BJD calls Narendra Modi BJP's Prime Minister

Bhubaneswar: Mid way into the Panchayat elections in Odisha, the ruling BJD today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “PM of BJP” and not of India. “Modi had mentioned BJP’s success in Odisha’s panchayat elections at an election rally at Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. He was seeking votes from the people of UP […]

Voting
Odisha Panchayat polls: 57 govt officials suspended

Jajpur:Jajpur District Election Officer-cum Collector Ranjan Kumar Das today suspended 57 government officials for not joining duty in the ensuing panchayat election. “The suspended officials include 22 presiding officers, 13 first polling officers, 21 second polling officers and lone third polling officer,” officials sources said. “These officials had been deployed to conduct both first and […]

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BJD to review panchayat poll reverses

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today said it would review its poor performance in the ongoing three-tier panchayat election in some districts of Odisha, although its overall show was better than rivals. “We will certainly review the poor performance of the party in certain districts. Anyway, the BJD is still ahead of its rivals,” BJD vice-president […]

BJD
BJP’s surge is like ‘Dengue,’ needs timely treatment: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Some say their own complacency befell them, others concede it as disease which needs immediate treatment; but as BJP’s bite into the Panchayat pie is getting deeper, BJD is noticeably feeling the pinch. BJP’s performance in the first two phases of the ongoing 3-tier as shown by the unofficial count has surprised one and […]

SEC SECY
Stage set for 3rd phase panchayat polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Preparations are completed for the third phase Panchayat polls in Odisha beginning tomorrow in 30 districts. Briefing media persons here today, State Election Commission (SEC) secretary Rabindranath Sahu said a total of 53,234,993 people would exercise their franchise for the election of 1394 Panchayat Samiti members and 18,859 Ward Members in 175 Zilla Parishad […]

BJP
Panchayat polls: BJD emerges winner, BJP continues to make inroads

Bhubaneswar: In line with the trend observed in the results of the first phase of the 3-tier panchayat polls in State, BJP’s performance has made many to sit up and take notice as the saffron party went on to claim 56 Zilla Parishad (ZP) zones in 172 out of 174 zones which went for polling […]

Voting panchayat
'Partyless' Panchayat Polls: End the Hypocrisy

By Sandeep Sahu Everyone knows it is a blatant lie, but no one really seems to mind. The lie that panchyat elections are ‘not fought on party basis’ has been perpetuated for far too and it is high time it was given a decent – and permanent – burial. Of course, there are other myths […]

Voting
35 Odisha Govt employees suspended for negligence in poll duty

Kendrapara: Kendrapara district administration has initiated disciplinary proceedings against 35 government employees on charge of skipping poll duty without notice. The accused employees today did not turn up for preparatory duty for the third-phase of panchayat polls on February 17. The departmental heads, under whom the errant employees are officiating, have been directed to place […]

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Panchayat poll phase-2 in Odisha records 73% turnout

Bhubaneswar: Barring stray incidents, the second phase of the three-tier panchayat polls concluded peacefully across Odisha on Wednesday with 73 per cent voter turnout. The first phase poll held on February 13, recorded 71 per cent turnout. “The state witnessed 73 per cent turnout in the second phase panchayat polls. While Dhenkanal district recorded the […]

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Sarpanch candidate dies

Sambalpur: A Sarpanch candidate in fray for the three-tier panchayat elections, Mani Pradhan, 35, and his supporter, Sudheer Patel, 40, died in a road accident. The incident took place last night when Pradhan was returning from campaigning in a bike which hit a tree at village Patrapali under the Kuchinda police limit. He was contesting […]

Code violation
BJP alleges BJD using Govt chopper in poll campaign

Bhubaneswar: A delegation of Odisha BJP met the State Election Commission (SEC) today alleging that the ruling party used helicopter, meant for government work, for panchayat polls campaign. The BJP team alleged that a chopper, which was engaged in Chief Minister’s official duty, was found used by a BJD MP yesterday for campaigning. The saffron […]

SEC- State Election Commission
SEC to conduct repolling in 62 wards of 11 dists

Bhubaneswar: Acting on the reports of the district collectors on booth capturing and violence during the first phase Panchayat polls, the State Election Commission (SEC) today decided to conduct repolling in 62 wards of 11 districts. According to a release issued by the SEC this evening, repolling in 62 wards would be conducted in Balasore, […]

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Course Correction Time for BJD

By Sandeep Sahu The ‘unofficial’ seat count in the first phase zilla parishad election given by television news channels on Monday evening varied widely. If Kalinga TV showed the BJD winning 120 out of the 188 zilla parishad zones that went to polls earlier in the day, News 7 gave the ruling party winning no […]

BJD
Panchayat polls: BJP’s surge, a warning signal for BJD

Bhubaneswar: Though Claiming 105 Zilla Parishad zones out of 188 is still a winning number for the BJD at the end of the first phase of the 3-tier Panchayat Polls, the ruling party would be less concerned about its own tally and more worried about BJP’s score. Even though the BJD has emerged as winner […]

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BJP urges SEC to rein in bureaucracy for free, fair elections in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Citing that the collectors and SPs of various districts are acting as the general secretaries of the ruling BJD, the Odisha BJP today urged the State Election Commission (SEC) to ensure free and fair polls in the State. The saffron party demanded that the SEC should control the role of bureaucracy in elections by […]

SEC SECY
Repoll likely in 44 booths due to poll-related violence

Bhubaneswar: Following poll violence reports from different places across Odisha during the voting for the first phase panchayat polls, the State Election Commission (SEC) today announced fresh elections are likely to be held at some booths in different districts on basis of recommendations from Collectors. Talking to newsmen, SEC Secretary Rabindra Nath Sahu stated, “As […]

DHARMENDRA PRADHAN
1st phase GP polls result reflects resentment of people: Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: After the end of the first phase panchayat polls in Odisha Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his reaction to OTV said, “The trends of the first phase result reflects the resentment of the people of Odisha.” Pradhan said that it a victory of the people of Odisha, a fruit of […]

Voting
Odisha Panchayat polls: Voters find names missing from list

Jajpur: Though the first phase of panchayat elections in Jajpur district remained by and large peaceful, many voters who had voters’ identity cards were seen returning disappointed after not finding their names on the voters’ list. “I have exercised my franchise in every election for the last 25 years. I am surprised that my name […]

SEC
71% turnout in first phase of Panchayat polls

Bhubaneswar: With first phase three-tier panchayat polls ending today, 71 percent voters turned up to exercise franchise even as incidents of poll violence including looting of ballot boxes were reported at some places. “Elaborate arrangements were made for 58,28446 voters to exercise franchise for 189 Zilla Parishad zones,1506 gram panchayats and 20369 wards under 65 […]

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Panchayat polls: More than 50% polling recorded till 11 am in first phase, says SEC office

Bhubaneswar: Voting for first phase of the five phases three-tier panchayat polls is going on in a seamless manner and more than 50% polling has been recorded till 11 am, said Secretary of the State Election Commission (SEC) Rabindra Nath Sahu today. Talking to newsmen, Sahu mentioned, “At some places, voters have boycotted the rural […]

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Security beefed up for 1st phase Panchayat polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) has made adequate security arrangements in 29 districts including the Maoist prone districts where the first phase Panchayat polls will begin tomorrow. Informing the media here this afternoon, SEC secretary Rabindranath Sahu said “Out of the 189 Zilla Parishad Zones in the Odisha Gram Panchayat elections, election for Zilla […]

SEC secy Rabindra Sahu
Stage set for 1st phase Panchayat polls in Odisha tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) today said all arrangements have been made for the first phase polling of the three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha, scheduled to begin at 7 am tomorrow in 29 districts except Deogarh. Talking to the media persons here this afternoon, SEC secretary Rabindranath Sahu said polling will be held in […]

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Ballot papers to be used in Panchayat polls: SEC

Bhubaneswar: With the first phase Panchayat elections in Odisha scheduled to kick off tomorrow morning, the State Election Commission (SEC) today briefed voting method to the new voters and those who have not fully understood the method of exercising their franchise. Talking to media persons here, SEC secretary Rabindranath Sahu said unlike the voting which […]

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BJP alleges rampant irregularities in voter list

Bhubaneswar: The State BJP today alleged that there have been rampant irregularities in the voter list in Odisha by the government machinery. Talking to media persons here, BJP State vice president Samir Mohanty claimed that he has come to know about such irregularities during his recent tour to Balasore district. “I have arrived here today […]

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