India, Sept. 11 -- Unlike the last several panchayat polls, it's the post of ward member in the gram panchayats which is drawing huge nominations from aspiring candidates in Bihar in comparison to other coveted posts like Mukhiya and Sarpanch in the ongoing nomination process for the three-tier rural local bodies polls. The election will kickstart on September 24.

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

In total, 15,238 nominations have been filed for 4,955 posts in three-tier local bodies in the first phase. The nomination for 151 posts of Mu...