According to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha, voting will be held on May 13 and counting on May 16.
Earlier, the by-poll was scheduled to be held on April 17. However, the Election Commission postponed the by-poll as Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj succumbed to Covid-19 infection on april 14.
As per norms, the Congress will be allowed to field a candidate afresh. BJD candidate Rudra Pratap Maharathy, BJP’s Ashrit Pattnayak and seven other candidates are already in the fray.
It may be noted here that the by-poll has been necessitated because of death of sitting MLA Pradeep Maharathy about six months back.