In more than 1,000 gram panchayats, the sarpanch candidates were declared unanimously elected on the last date of withdrawal of nominations for the three-phase gram panchayat elections.
According to sources, around 1,056 sarpanches were declared elected unopposed on Wednesday. However, the State Election Commission (SEC) is yet to get official information from the districts. “We are yet to get information. The actual figure will be known only on Thursday evening,” an SEC official said.
It may be recalled that the elections are being conducted in three phases on July 23, 27 and 31 in the state for 21,491 gram panchayats. The last date for withdrawal of nominations for all the three phases ended on Wednesday.
According to information reaching here, a majority of 300 sarpanches in Chittoor district were elected unanimously, followed by Nellore with 200 sarpanches. In Ranga Reddy 39 sarpanches, Visakhapatnam 28, Adilabad 83, Anantapur 67, Kurnool 112, Warangal 78, Karimnagar 55 and Srikakulam 94. Sarpanch elections are being held on non-party basis.