As per reports, family members of political leaders from the BJD, Congress and BJP are already making rounds to the state capital to meet respective high commands for tickets to fight the polls.
Trends show that the ruling party’s score is likely to cross 700 ZP zones as counting finishes on Feb 28.
Collectors and SPs were asked to submit their plans on conducting the polls amid Covid spike.
Spanned over five-phases, Odisha rural polls are set to be held to 853 Zilla Parishads (ZPs), 6,794 panchayats and 91,913 wards from February 16 to 24.
The SEC warned that if a candidate or political party violated Covid-19 guidelines, they are liable for prosecution under suitable provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The BJP has urged the SEC to ensure due representation of OBCs, SCs and STs in three-tier panchayat bodies before announcing dates for the polls.
Meanwhile, the Opposition political parties demanded postponement of the polls citing the third wave of the pandemic and lack of reservation for ST and OBC candidates.
Election panel issues model code of conduct, to convene all-party meeting in few days
As per the list, out of the 853 zilla parishad (ZP) member seats, 44.9 per cent is meant for general category while the rest 55.1 is reserved for other categories.
Three separate petitions filed by two BJP leaders and a former bureaucrat alleged that the State Election Commission, which conducts the civic polls failed in carrying out its Constitutional mandate.