Bhubaneswar, February 2: The final electoral roll for the forthcoming civic body elections in the State will be ready by the end of February.
According to a notification issued by the State Election Commission (SEC), the primary voter list will be published on February 10 and objections will be invited for six days from February 11 to 16. The final electoral roll will be published on February 24 and submitted to SEC after four days on February 28.
”All the district Collectors have submitted the delimitation and reservation lists to the Commission, and the State Government has also furnished the delimitation and reservation lists of three municipal corporations. Hence, the process of holding the ULB polls can be started now,” said State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi here.
Out of the total 1,756 wards, 668 wards are unreserved while 122 are reserved for SCs, 171 for SC women, 49 for STs and 133 for ST women. A total of 613 wards have been reserved for women.
He said that the SEC will soon carry out revision of the electoral roll. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has revised the electoral roll on January 1, 2022 and sent the Assembly seat-wise roll on January 5, based on which the roll for the ULBs will be revised, added Padhi.
He further said that there will be no addition of new names to the voter list as the list has been revised on January 1 and corrections will be made, if required.
The Mayor post in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur Municipal Corporations have been reserved for women candidates while it is unreserved in Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).
Elections to the ULBs have not been conducted since 2018.