Bhubaneswar: The polling for the by- election to the Pipili assembly constituency has been rescheduled for May 16 and counting of votes to be held on May 19, informed the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha.
The voting which was scheduled to be held on May 13 will now be conducted on May 16 due to Eid celebration.
According to CEO Sushil Kumar Lohani, Pipili constituency in Puri district will go to poll on May 16 and the counting of votes will be held on May 19.
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The Chief Electoral Officer also issued a new Covid guideline for the by-election saying that only virtual political meetings will be allowed and only 5 people at once will be allowed in door-to-door campaigning. Besides, thermal screening of the voters will be done at the polling booths and they will be provided with gloves.
It is worthwhile to mention here that Pipili by-election was initially slated to be held on April 17, however, later it was postponed to May 13 due to the untimely death of Congress candidate Ajit Mangaraj on April 14.