TN civic polls: 2,981 elected unopposed, campaign heats up

Chennai: As many as 2,981 persons were elected unopposed to various posts in nine districts, where local body elections are scheduled for 6 and 9 October

According to the Tamilnadu State Election Commission, a total of 79,433 candidates are in the fray for the remaining 23,998 posts. There were no contestants for two posts of village panchayat president and 21 village panchayat ward members, it added.

Though 27,003 vacancies were initially notified, the election for one post in the Sriperumbudur panchayat union was put on hold following a court order. A total of 98,151 nominations were received after ordinary elections were notified to these posts, 1,166 were rejected, and 14,751 were withdrawn.

Meanwhile, the ruling DMK, the main opposition AIADMK, Congress, BJP, MNM and NTK are quickly drawing up tour itineraries of the nine districts going to polls to campaign among rural voters.

Many Ministers have already started campaigns, while AIADMK seniors too have been canvassing voters.