Bhubaneswar, March 16: Following the announcement of the election schedule on Saturday, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Nikunja Bihari Dhal held a meeting with the members of all the recognised political parties in the state. According to the announcement made by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday, Odisha will vote for the 224-member state Assembly alongside the 21 Lok Sabha seats in four phases on May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1.

Dhal discussed all the poll-related details, including the recent guidelines of the Supreme Court for filing of nominations, affidavits, publication of criminal antecedents of candidates etc. during the meeting with the party leaders. Lok Sabha Election 2024 Schedule: State-Wise, Constituency-Wise List of Seats and Polling Dates.

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Constituency-Wise Polling Date in Odisha



Constituency Polling Date
1 Bargarh  May 20
2 Sundargarh  May 20
3 Sambalpur  May 25
4 Keonjhar  May 25
5 Mayurbhanj  June 1
6 Balasore  June 1
7 Bhadrak  June 1
8 Jajpur  June 1
9 Dhenkanal  May 25
10 Bolangir  May 20
11 Kalahandi  May 13
12 Nabarangpur  May 13
13 Kandhamal  May 20
14 Cuttack  May 25
15 Kendrapara  June 1
16 Jagatsinghpur  June 1
17 Puri  May 25
18 Bhubaneswar  May 25
19 Aska  May 20
20 Berhampur  May 13
21 Koraput  May 13

Addressing a press conference later, Dhal said that around 3.35 crore voters in the state will exercise their franchise during the elections, adding that the number of women and PwD (Persons with Disabilities) voters has increased in the state as compared to 2019. The gender ratio of voters has also improved this time, he said.

Out of the total 3,34,73,561 voters, 1,65,14,754 are females while 1,69,55,369 are male voters in Odisha. The number of PwD electorate stands at 5,19,861 as of March 15. Lok Sabha Election 2024: Election Commission To Focus on Muscle, Money and Misinformation To Ensure Free and Fair Polls.

“The most notable fact is that at around eight lakh, the number of young voters in the 18-19 age group is at an all-time high in Odisha. The young voters form 2.38 per cent of the total electorate in the state, which is also more than the national average," Dhal said.

There are around 38,000 polling stations in the state, with an average of almost 900 voters per booth. “For the first, we are introducing webcasting at 60 per cent of the polling booths in the state. The officials at the CEO's office, the collectors, and the returning officers can keep a close vigil on all the activities at the polling stations through this technology,” Dhal added.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Mar 17, 2024 12:02 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website