Odisha Collectors Directed To Speed Up Seat Reservation Process For Panchayat Polls

The Odisha government has started preparations for the upcoming Panchayat polls, in the three-tier Panchayati Raj set up established in the state. The State Panchayati Raj department has issued a directive to the administrative heads of all districts to accelerate the preparations for the elections.

As per the extant PRI/Act Rules in place, the Collector of each district will finalise the list after completing the process of reservation of seats and send it to the State Election Commission by October 30. “I am directed to say that the General Elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) is likely to be held in the state in 2022. Consequent upon reservation of seats are required to be completed within the timeframe at the level of District/Government as per the provision of the PRI Act/Rules,” the Director of Panchayati Raj department Gyana Das stated in his letter to all Collectors.

The draft publication in respect of Ward Member/Sarpanch and PS member/Chairman will be released by the Collectors on October 8, as per the calendar of events laid out for reservation of seats. Inviting claims and objections, and disposal of the same should be completed by October 16 and 21, respectively.

As per the Sub-Rule 4 of Rule 3 of OGP Election Rules, 1965, candidates can file objections within 7 days of the draft publications. The final list should be dispatched to the State Election Commission (SEC) on October 26. In the case of Zilla Parishad members, the government has fixed the date for draft publication as October 8. Invitation of claims and objections should be completed by October 18 while disposal of the same can be finished by October 22. Rule 6 of OZP (DRC) Rules, 1995 provides 10 days for candidates to file objections.

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