Bhubaneswar, Jan 17: The filing of nomination papers for the three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha began on Monday.
On the first day of nomination, as many as 7116 ward members have filed their nomination while 1122 sarpanch candidates have also filed their nomination.
Similarly the number of nominations for panchayat samiti members and zilla parishad members on the first day stood day at 512 and 22 respectively. The nomination filing process by the candidates will continue till January 21.
The scrutiny of the papers will be done on January 22 and the final list of candidates shall be published on January 25. The panchayat polls are scheduled to be held in five phases in the state on February 16, 18, 20, 22, and 24.