Bhubaneswar, Nov 16: The State Election Commission (SEC) will hold elections in 6794 panchayats next year.
In 2017, elections were held in 6801 panchayats. This time, seven panchayats have been merged in notified area councils (NACs). There will be no elections in those panchayats.
These panchayats include four from Remuna block in Balasore, two from Odgaon in Nayagarh, and one from Bijapur in Bargarh, informed Rabindra Sahu, Secretary, SEC.
Similarly, the panchayat polls will not be held in 111 wards in the state.
The three-tier elections will be held in a total of 91,916 wards. Last time, elections were held in 92,027 wards.