The grandest festival of democracy in Odisha is knocking the door. The stage is set, Political parties and voters are ready with their role to play, as the four-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly polls will commence in the state from tomorrow.
In the first phase, four parliamentary constituencies including Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput and 28 corresponding assembly constituencies will go to polls in the first phase tomorrow.
Here is the list of assembly constituencies which will vote tomorrow. The list includes Nuapada, Khariar, Umerkote, Jharigam, Nabarangpur, Dabugam, Lanjigarh, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Bhawanipatna, Narla, Chhatrapur, Gopalpur, Berhampur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana, Paralakhemundi, Gunupur, Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Laxmipur, Kotpad, Jeypore, Koraput, Pottangi, Malkangiri and Chitrakonda.
According to reports, about 60,03,707 voters, out of which 29,72,925 are male, 30,30,222 female and 560 third gender, will exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls at 7,233 booths.
While 26 candidates are in the fray to contest for 4 Lok Sabha seats, there are 191 candidates in 28 Assembly segments for the first phase. Of the 26 Lok Sabha candidates, only two are women while among 191 Assembly candidates, 16 are women.
In a bid to ensure an incident-free polling, police, paramilitary forces, flying squads, static surveillance teams, poll observers, videography teams and Excise sleuths will be present in all Assembly constituencies. Notably, Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.