Notification issued for the second phase of panchayat surveys

HYDERABAD: With the closure of nominations for the first phase of gram panchayat elections, the Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has released notification for the second phase of gram panchayat polls on Friday. As many as 4,137 gram panchayats will go for polls in the second phase which will also cover 36,620 wards. While nominations have begun on Friday the last date for nominations is January 13. Polling will be held on January 25.

The SEC officials said there was overwhelming response to the first phase of gram panchayat polls with over 1.2 lakh nominations for both sarpanch and ward members in 4,400 panchayats. Of the total, 27,940 nominations have come for Sarpanch polls and another 97,690 nominations for 39,800 ward members.

There is a stiff competition for Sarpanch posts in the entire state in the first phase and highest number of nominations have been received Nalgonda where 2,231 candidates filed their nominations for 304 panchayats.