SEC Asks Voters To Turn Out In Large Numbers In ULB Polls

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Bhubaneswar: State Election Commissioner Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday asked people to turn out in large numbers to cast their vote on Urban Local Body (ULB) poll day.

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.

Elections will be held for 106 urban local bodies (ULBs) and three municipal corporations on March 24. Counting of votes will be held on March 26.

This is for the first time that elections to the posts of mayor in municipal corporations and chairpersons of municipalities and notified area councils (NACs) will be held directly.

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