With a record number of 134 panchayats electing their sarpanches unanimously, elections will be conducted for 834 panchayats in three phases in the Krishna district. Panchayat officials said that 2,309 out of 5,223 contestants who filed their nominations were in the fray. Other nominations were rejected on various grounds based on the guidelines . No nomination was received for one sarpanch post. For ward members, 2,761 aspirants were unanimously elected while 17,442 aspirants are now in the fray for 7,110 wards out of total wards of 9,904. Among the 27,982 nominations which were filed before July 13, the officials accepted 17,442.