Special Correspondent

15,000 booths identified as sensitive

CHENNAI: As many as 18,481 candidates, most of them in village panchayats, were elected unopposed in the local body elections, scheduled to be held in two phases in the State on October 13 and 15.

The victorious included a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam nominee from the Tirunelveli Corporation, 28 ward members in municipalities, 23 in third grade municipalities, 401 in town panchayats, 68 in panchayat unions and three in district panchayats. Besides, 17,329 candidates won from various panchayat wards and 628 were elected to the village panchayat president posts as there were no other contestants.

About 3.9 lakh candidates are in the fray for about 1.12 lakh posts in various corporations, municipalities, panchayats in the State. According to the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission, 3,491 candidates, including party nominees, filed their papers for 474 wards in six corporations: Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Salem and Tirunelveli.

The final number of contestants with total number of wards/posts in brackets: 17,486 candidates (3,392 municipal wards), 5,358 (987 third grade municipal wards), 36, 094 (8,807 town panchayat wards), 25,725 (6,570 panchayat union wards), 2,222 (656 district panchayat wards), 48,422 (12,618 village panchayat president posts), and 2,52,783 ( 97,458 village panchayat wards).

Security arrangements

State Election Commissioner D.Chandrasekaran said the commission identified 15,000 booths as sensitive and adequate security arrangements would be made.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Police D. Mukherjee said that apart from local police, personnel from six other states would be drafted for the bandobust duty.