New Delhi, March 31: West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday announced that Panchayat elections will be held in three phases in May on 1, 3 and 5 and the results will be declared on May 8.

“The Panchayat polls would be held in three phases on May 1, 3 and 5. The counting would be take place on May 8,” State Election Commissioner AK Singh said, adding that a total of 58, 467 polling stations will be set up in 20 districts for the over 5.08 crore voters.

The State Election Commissioner also informed that the notice inviting nominations for the panchayat elections would be issued from April 2 while the last date of filling the nominations would be April 9.

However, he remained silent on whether central force would be used to conduct the elections as per the demand of the state’s opposition parties.

Earlier this week, the SEC had met representatives of political parties and discussed preparations for the panchayat polls.