Bhubaneswar: The Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) will come out with a list of MLA candidates for the 2019 Assembly elections by August 31, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said on Wednesday.
Speaking to mediapersons after the second meeting of the PEC at the Congress Bhawan here on Wednesday, Patnaik said that the list of the candidates would be sent to the AICC Screening Committee which will forward it for final call to the Central Election Committee (CEC). Another round of meeting of the PEC will be held before August 31, he added.
Patnaik clarified that the PEC is not directly inviting applications for the selection of candidates for the assembly polls. “The lists of candidates are being sent to the District Congress Committees (DCCs) from the block level from where it is referred to the PEC,” Patnaik said.
Moreover, Patnaik made it crystal clear that there would be no lobbying for tickets in the selection of the candidates for the ensuing polls.