There are more than 23,000 candidates in the fray for election to 2,517 posts of sarpanch in the first phase of the panchayat elections in Haryana.
The process of filing nominations for the first phase of the elections ended on Saturday, voting for which is scheduled to be held on October 4.
A total of 94,128 nominations have been received for 29,603 posts. A total of 23,301 nominations have been received for 2,517 posts of sarpanch of which 8,932 are of women. For the 25,532 posts of panches, 59,019 nominations have been received of which 23,328 are of women. Meanwhile, 7,250 nominations have been received for 1,186 posts of panchayat samiti member of which 2,585 nominations are of women and 4,558 nominations for 368 posts of zila parishad member of which 1,869 are of women.
Only 56 persons filed their papers on the first day of filing nominations. There was a spurt in the nominations a day after the Supreme Court ordered a stay on the rules that mandated a minimum educational qualification. According to the amendments by the Assembly in the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, apart from a minimum educational qualification, the candidates were required to have a toilet in their houses. There could be no pending loans or electricity bills.
The State Election Commission had allowed filing of nominations with the condition that the outcome would depend on the SC decision. With the hearing in the case scheduled for Monday, the fate of the candidates will be decided.
Recovery from defaulters
Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam recovered Rs 6.8 crore from defaulters.