Odisha enacts new rules for the election of district council presidents

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Election Commission (SEC) will impose new rules for the Zilla Parishad President and Vice-President elections, which will take place on March 13 and 25, respectively.

The Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Rules, 1994, were recently revised by the state government to include a new clause. According to SEC officials, the new clause allows each party to select agents, and the election officer will allow the permitted agents to check the votes cast by elected Zilla Parishad members of their respective parties, as was done during the Rajya Sabha elections.

According to the new rules, all members of the Zilla Parishad would have to display their votes to a political agent selected by their own party before dropping them in the vote box during the indirect elections for President and Vice-President. The parties must submit details on the employment of approved agents to the electoral officer in a regulated form by 5.30 p.m. the day before the election, according to officials.

On election day, between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m., an interested elected Zilla Parishad member can submit his or her nomination paper for the President or Vice-President poll. The nominations will be scrutinised in the following hour, and candidates will have until 1 p.m. to withdraw their candidacy. If necessary, voting will take place from 1.30 to 4 p.m., after which the results will be announced.

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