Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora today announced that Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha will be held simultaneously in four phases from April 11.
Addressing a press conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, he said that of the total 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha, election to four seats will be held on April 11, five seats on April 18, six seats on April 23 and the remaining six seats on April 29.
The Assembly elections in the state will also be held on these four dates mentioned above. Odisha has a total of 147 Assembly seats.
Here’s the constituency-wise schedule for Assembly Elections in Odisha:
April 11: Nuapada, Khariar, Umerkote, Jharigam, Nabarangpur, Dabugam, Lanjigarh, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Bhawanipatna, Narla, Chhatrapur, Gopalpur, Berhampur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana, Paralakhemundi, Gunupur, Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Laxmipur, Kotpad, Jeypore, Koraput, Pottangi, Malkangiri and Chitrakonda.
April 18: Padampur, Bijepur, Bargarh, Attabira, Bhatli, Brajarajnagar, Jharsuguda, Talsara, Sundargarh, Birmitrapur, Raghunathpali, Rourkela, Rajgangpur, Bonai, Birmaharajpur, Sonepur, Loisingha, Patnagarh, Balangir, Titlagarh, Kantabanjhi, Baliguda, G. Udayagiri, Phulbani, Kantamal, Boudh, Daspalla, Bhanjanagar, Polasara, Kabisuryanagar, Khallikote, Aska, Surada, Sanakhemundi and Hinjili.
April 23: Kuchinda, Rengali, Sambalpur, Rairakhol, Deogarh, Telkoi, Ghasipura, Anandpur, Patna, Keonjhar, Champua, Karanjia, Dhenkanal, Hindol, Kamakhyanagar, Parjanga, Pallahara, Talcher, Angul, Chhendipada, Athamallik, Baramba, Banki, Athagarh, Barabati-Cuttack, Choudwar-Cuttack, Cuttack Sadar, Puri, Brahmagiri, Satyabadi, Pipili, Jayadev, Bhubaneswar Central, Bhubaneswar North, Ekamra Bhubaneswar, Jatani, Begunia, Khurda, Chilika, Ranpur, Khandapada and Nayagarh.
April 29: Jashipur, Saraskana, Rairangpur, Bangriposi, Udala, Badasahi, Baripada, Morada, Jaleswar, Bhograi, Basta, Balasore, Remuna, Nilgiri, Soro, Simulia, Bhandaripokhari, Bhadrak, Basudevpur, Dhamnagar, Chandbali, Binjharpur, Bari, Barachana, Dharmasala, Jajpur, Korei, Sukinda, Niali, Salipur, Mahanga, Patkura, Kendrapara, Aul, Rajanagar, Mahakalapada, Paradeep, Tirtol, Balikuda-Erasama, Jagatsinghpur, Kakatpur and Nimapara.
With this, the model code of conduct has come into force.
While the polling will start across the country on April 11, it will end on May 19. Counting and declaration of results will be done on May 23.
The polls will be conducted in 1st Phase on 11th April, 2nd Phase on 18th April, 3rd Phase on 23rd April, 4th Phase on 29th April, 5th Phase on 6th May, 6th Phase on 12th May and 7th Phase on 19th May.
To check names in the electoral list, one can send SMS to 1950 for necessary information, Arora informed.
On the other hand, electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper trail machines (VVPAT) have been kept ready to be installed at nearly 10 lakh polling stations across 543 Lok Sabha constituencies.
The Election Commission of India has revised poll expenses ceiling for candidates. The maximum limit of election expenses for a Lok Sabha constituency is Rs 70 lakh per candidate for all states, including Odisha, except Arunachal Pradesh, Goa and Sikkim.
In Odisha, the limit of expenses for an Assembly constituency is Rs 28 lakh per candidate, the commision said in a press release.