Bhubaneswar: The formal notification for the panchayat polls in Odisha was issued on Thursday.
The interested candidates can file their nominations between January 17 and 21 while scrutiny of the papers will be done on January 22. Candidates can withdraw their nomination up to January 25 and the final list of candidates will be published on January 25.
The election for Panchayat Samiti vice-chairperson and Zilla Parishad vice-president will be conducted on March 23 and 25. The model code of conduct issued by the Commission will remain in force from today till February 28 throughout the State.
The Panchayat elections will be held in five phases on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24 with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols. Counting of votes and declaration of results will be done at Block level on February 26, 27, and 28.
The voters will exercise their franchise from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 2.79 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to elect 91,913 ward members, 6,794 Sarpanches, 6,793 Panchayat Samiti members, and 853 Zilla Parishad members.