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7,500 candidates to contest GP polls

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE, FEB. 19. A total of 7,500 candidates, including 4,352 men and 3,148 women, will contest the gram panchayat elections in the district.

According to a press release issued here on Saturday, 2,126 candidates will contest the elections in Mangalore, 1,733 in Bantwal, 1,720 in Belthangady, 1,176 in Puttur and 745 in Sullia taluks.

There are 199 gram panchayats in the district with a total membership of 3,157. They include 48 gram panchayats and 887 members in Mangalore, 46 gram panchayats and 804 members in Bantwal, 41 gram panchayats and 583 members in Belthangady, 32 gram panchayats and 563 members in Puttur and 22 gram panchayats and 320 members in Sullia taluks.

The release said 87 members have been elected unopposed, including 31 in Mangalore taluk, 18 in Bantwal, four in Belthangady, 22 in Puttur and 12 in Sullia taluk. The 7,500 candidates will now contest the 3,020 seats, including 856 in Mangalore, 786 in Bantwal, 579 in Belthangady, 541 in Puttur and 308 in Sullia taluks.

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