Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:
The state government on Wednesday issued notification appointing administrators to the 25 civic bodies in nine western Odisha districts in which elections could not be held due to the ongoing agitation of lawyers demanding a permanent bench of the High Court.
The five year term of the elected representatives of these Urban Local Bodies comes to an end this Sunday,
Exercising the powers conferred under section 425 of the Odisha Municipal Act, 1950 the state government appointed administrators to exercise the powers and perform the functions of the Municipal Councils and their Chairpersons.
In a related development, the State Election Commission (SEC) has started the process for the election of chairmen/mayor of the 66 civic bodies to which elections were held on September 19.
The election of chairmen/mayor is scheduled to be held on September 30. The SEC has asked all the elected councilors/corporators of the respective ULBS to remain present during polling on that day. (SPM)