Notification for holding elections to the vacant seats in various gram panchayats in the district has been issued. Last day for filing of nomination papers is July 24 and for withdrawal July 27. Polling will be held on August 4, according to Amlan Aditya Biswas, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer. As many as 28 seats are vacant in 17 gram panchayats in Bellary, Hospet, Siruguppa, Sandur, Hagari Bommanahalli and Kudligi taluks. Reservations of seats has already been announced. — Staff Correspondent