Bhubaneswar: A day ahead of the polling for the Urban Local Body (ULB) polls in Odisha, State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi asked people to turn out in large numbers to cast their vote.
The polling will be held from 8 AM to 5 PM tomorrow (March 24) and the counting of votes will commence from 8 AM on March 26.
Padhi said that all the polling parties are to reach the respective booths by today afternoon. Around 22,000 polling personnel have been engaged for the election.
A total of 195 platoons of police force, including OSAP, IR Battalion, and Special Security Battalion, have been deployed for the urban polls.
Out of them, 30 platoons are for Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, 20 for Cuttack Municipal Corporation, and 10 for Berhampur Municipal Corporation.
Besides, 300 mobile parties have been deployed out of which 109 are for the three Municipal Corporations. One constable, havildar, or armed police are deployed at each booth.
As Mayor and Chairperson election will be held directly, two EVMs will be used in separate compartments at each booth. One for Councillor/Corporator and the other for Chairperson/Mayor, added Padhi.