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Odisha ZP chairman polls to be held on April 26 in Malkangiri, Nuapada

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 13:

The Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman polls will be conducted on April 26 in Malkangiri and Nuapada districts, said a notification of State Election Commission (SEC) here today.

Similarly, the polls for the post of ZP vice chairman will be held on May 6.

Notably, the polls were not held for the ZP chairman in Malkangiri and Nuapada districts earlier.

Recently, the Orissa High Court rejected the petition paving the way for conducting the polls for the post of chairman.

The High Court had directed the SEC to conduct polls for the post of ZP Chairman in Malkangiri district. The court had also directed the commission to hold elections in 18 gram panchayats of Chitrakonda I and II zones in the district.

Earlier, the SEC had stayed polls in Chitrakonda I and II zones out of the total 13 ZP zones in Malkangiri after getting a joint report from the district Collector and SP regarding safety issues of the candidates, voters and election officials due to Maoists.