India, Sept. 10 -- PATNA

Unlike last several panchayat polls, it's the post of ward member in the gram panchayats which is drawing a huge number of nominations, and not the other coveted posts like Mukhiya (gram panchayat head) and Sarpanch (gram kutchery head having quasi judicial powers) in the ongoing nomination process for elections to the three-tier rural local bodies, which begin on September 24.

According to data of State Election Commission (SEC), a total of 8,611 nominations have been filed by candidates for 2,233 posts of ward member posts in gram panchayats of 12 blocks spread over 10 districts, which are going to polls in the first phase.

In total, 15,238 nominations have been filed for 4,955 posts in the panchayat polls in...