As many as 27,940 nominations have been filed for the post of Sarpanch in 4,479 Gram Panchayats, which go to polls in the first phase of rural local body elections in Telangana, the State Election Commission (SEC) said Thursday.
The election notice was issued in 4,479 Gram Panchyats, while the cumulative total number of nominations filed as on January 9 was 27,940,it said.
The cumulative total number of nominations was 97,690 in 39,822 Wards where election notice was issued, it added.
Gram Panchayat elections in Telangana are being held in three phases beginning January seven.
The state election commission released the schedule for the elections on January 1.
The first phase begins on January seven and ends on 21 while the second phase is from January 11 to 25.
The third phase begins on January 11 and concludes on January 30.
The number of Gram Panchayats is 12,732 and wards is 1,13,170.
The number of eligible voters are 1,49,52,058.
Polling would be held from 7 AM to 1 PM.
Counting of votes would be taken up after the conclusion of polling.
Meanwhile, the Commission said in a release that the members of Telangana Election Watch met the State Election Commissioner and have "highlighted the perils of forced unanimous elections happening in the state" at the behest of certain organisations like village development committees.
They have requested the Commission to withhold the declaration of unanimous election in all such cases and take severe action against the culprits, including prosecution, it said.
Taking a serious note of reports that posts of Sarpanch and ward members in the Gram Panchayat elections were being auctioned, the Commission Tuesday last said such unanimous elections would be cancelled.
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