Bhubaneswar, Jan 11: The State Election Commissioner, Aditya Prasad Padhi will address a press meet at 11.30 am today where he is likely to announce the dates of the upcoming three-tier Panchayat elections.
Speculations in this regard began after the meeting of Padhi and Governor Professor Ganeshi Lal at the Raj Bhavan.
In the meeting, Padhi briefed him about the range of preparations and also reviewed the law and order situation in a high-level meeting with DGP Sunil Kumar Bansal and Home Secretary.
Earlier on Saturday, the state government had issued Gazette notifications calling upon the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in the State to elect their members.
The three-tier system of Panchayati Raj consists of Zilla Parishad at the district level (ZP), Panchayat Samiti at the block level (PS) and Grama Panchayat at the village level (GP).
On the other hand, at the all-party meeting called by the State Election Commission, the opposition parties had demanded the postponement of the rural polls in view of rising Covid-19 cases in the state and lack of reservation for ST and OBC candidates
However, the ruling BJD insisted on holding the polls as per the schedule.