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CEO Calls All-Party Meeting Ahead Of Bye-Elections

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer Sushil Kumar Lohani called an all-party convened an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss matters pertaining to the upcoming bye-election in Odisha.

Lohani formally informed the representatives of recognised political parties that the last date for filing of nominations for the upcoming Balasore and Tirtol Assembly bye-elections is October 16.

The date for scrutiny of nominations is October 17 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is October 19. Polling will be held on November 3, counting of votes will take place on November 10 and election process has to be completed by November 12.

The Model Code of Conduct which is already in force will be enfored very strictly, Lohani apprised.

During the election, no candidate can cast personal aspersions or comment on personal lives of co-contestants. Similarly, the political leaders involved in the campaign have been asked to strictly abide by this guideline. However, the campagins can be based on criticisms involving a political parties ongoing activities and its work in the past, said Lohani at the meeting.

“Any political party which fields candidates with criminal record will have to furnish explanation for the same. The candidate in question will need to apprise the public about his / her antecedent through newspaper / electronic Ads at least three times,” said Lohani at the meeting.

Postal ballot facility will be made available to voters who are – more than 80 years old, COVID-19 patients, COVID-19 suspects and / or differently-abled, and those who are in home/hospital or insitutional quarantine, the CEO added.

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