Orissa begins preparation for 2012 panchayat polls



Bhubaneswar: With elections for the three-tire panchayat polls due in January-February, 2012, Orissa Government has asked the district collectors to complete the task of delimitation and reservation of seats by the end of next month, official sources said on Thursday.

Panchayati Raj department in letters to collectors of 30 districts said that task of delimitation and reservation of seats should be completed within the time frame to meet the deadline given by the State Election Commission (SEC).

Though SEC had earlier sought list of delimitation and reservation of seats by April 30, it was requested to extend time till June end as the state had not completed amendment to the Orissa Panchayat Act to include 50 percent of reservation of seats for women. Subsequnetly final date for submitting the lists was set on June 30, official sources said.

According to the calendar, delimitation of wards and constituencies wherever necessary and also reservation of seats for members and chairpersons of Gram Panchayat(GP) and Panchayat Samiti(PS), will be complete by June 15, department secretary P K Jena said.

While issuing guidelines for reservation to the offices of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) members for the Election 2012, the state government has asked the collectors to adopt Census 2001 Report as determining factor for computation of number of seats to be reserved for SC and ST category.

The state government which had earlier conducted panchayat polls with reservation of 33 per cent seats for women would this time make provision of 50 percent reservation.

PTI