Kota: Preparations for the elections of Panchayat Raj Institutions have started as soon as the urban body elections are over. After the state Election Commission directed to finalize the voter lists of gram panchayats by the first week of January, the work of updating voter lists at the panchayat level is going on here. At the same time, the collectorate's panchayat branch has started collecting block-wise population data to decide the reservation for the posts of gram panchayats, panchayat samiti and District Council members.
In the second week of December, the reservation of posts of ward panch, sarpanch, panchayat samiti and District Council members at the district level will be decided by lottery. Reservation will not be set afresh. Rotation will be determined by method. Category-wise reservation will be fixed for the election of sarpanches and panches of 491 gram panchayats including 4 newcomers, members of 17 panchayat samitis and members of the District Council.
The State Election Commission has issued a guide line on 17 November regarding preparation of voter lists of Panchayati Raj institutions. For this, the database of voters' lists of the constituencies will be divided panchayat wise based on the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and voter lists will be made for the election of Panchayati Raj institutions.
The final publication of these lists will be done by the first week of January. Last year, elections for Panchayat Raj Institutions were completed by 30 January. During the process of reorganization and re-election of the Panchayats, the state election commission had asked the state government not to delay the work by writing to get the elections done on schedule. Accordingly, elections for Panchayati Raj institutions will be conducted by the end of January or the first week of February.