Orissa announces poll schedule for urban local bodies

August 11th, 2008 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 11 (IANS) Orissa’s election commission Monday announced that polls to 92 of the state’s 103 urban local bodies would be held Sep 11. As per the notification issued by the election commission, nominations for the polls will begin Aug 20 and end Aug 26. At least 2.5 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise in this poll.

“We are going to use electronic voting machines in the urban local bodies poll for the first time,” state Election Commissioner Sanjib Chandra Hota told reporters here.

Out of a total 103 urban local bodies in the state, the tenure of 96 will come to an end in September, while that of the remaining seven end between 2010 and 2011.

Hota said that the poll dates for the rest of the urban bodies had not yet been finalised.

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