The election commissioner stated that voting for 853 zilla parishad seats, 91,916 wards. And 6,794 panchayat elections will take place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24. The counting of votes, which will take place at the block sadar level, will take place on the 26th, 27th, and 28th of February.
Padhi stated that the model code of behaviour went into effect on Tuesday and would remain in place until February 28.
This will be one of the rare panchayat elections in Odisha when caste is at the forefront. With political parties fighting amongst themselves to offer more representation to the Other Backward Caste (OBC) community. The accounts for at least 54% of the entire population.
While the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) initially said that OBCs would receive 27% of all seats, it increased that figure to 40% last month. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have not said how many tickets they will distribute to OBCs, but have hinted that they may match or exceed the BJD’s amount.