BARAMULLA: According to District Election Officer Baramulla, 138 Contesting candidates for Sarpanch and 420 candidates for Panch are in the fray for the upcoming phase-I of Panchayat elections scheduled on 17 November.
The DEO said that for 63 Panchayat Halqas and 497 Panch wards, a total of 224 and 769 nominations were respectively received out of the 246 and 924 respective forms that were issued.
However, on scrutiny, 3 nominations for Sarpanch and 5 nominations for Panch were rejected leaving 221 and 761 nominations valid respectively. Among these valid nominations, 74 for Sarpanch and 134 for Panch nominations were withdrawn as on date. Moreover, there are 09 Sarpanch and 207 Panch nominations that have been declared as un-contesting candidates.