Bhubaneswar, Mar 28 : The nomination for third phase elections to six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha commenced today with the issue of notification by the Chief Electoral Officer ( CEO).
As per the notification, filing of nomination will continue till April 4 followed by scrutiny on April 5 and the withdrawal of the candidature has been fixed on April 8 and elections will be held on April 23 next.
The six Lok Sabha seats going to polls in third phase are Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar. Along with these six Lok Sabha seats, 42 assembly seats falling under these Parliamentary constituencies will also go to poll on April 23.
The BJP has already announced its candidates for all the six Lok Sabha seats .The ruling BJD , however, is yet to announce its candidates in three of the six Lok sabha seats going to poll in the third phase.They are Cuttack,Dhenkanal and Keonjhar.
On the other hand, the Congress has entered into an electoral understanding with the CPI(M) and left the Bhubaneswar LoK Sabha seat for the party which had announced the name of its secretary Janardan Pati to contest the seat.
The Congress is also yet to announce the candidates for the rest five LoK Sabha seats and party sources said the Central Election Committee of the party will be meeting in Delhi today to finalise the list of the lok sabha as well as Assembly seats which were yet to be released. Elections to both the 21 LoK Sabha seats and 147 Assembly seats will be held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases starting from April 11 to April 29. (UNI)