Hyderabad, Jan 28 (PTI) The third and final phase of the panchayat elections in Telangana will be held Tuesday amid tight security, the Telangana State Election Commission said Monday.Also Read - Lunar Eclipse Thrills Moon Lovers: See Mesmerising Photos From Around The World

The first ever polls for panchayats after the formation of the State in 2014 are being held in three phases. Also Read - IPL 2022, PBKS vs DC, Live Cricket Score: Punjab Lose Bairstow In 160 Chase

The first and second phaseswere held on January 21 and25 respectively. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh BEd JEE 2022 Registration With Late Fee Begins at mjpru.ac.in

Polling will begin at 7 am and will end at 1 pm even as counting will be taken up from 2 pm the same day.

Though 4,116 panchayats were scheduled to go to the polls in the third phase, 577 panchayats were declared unanimously, and elections to another ten cancelled due to other reasons, the State Election Commission (SEC) said.

As many as 11,664 candidates are contesting for sarpanch posts in 3529 panchayats while 73,976 candidates are in the fray for 27,582 wards, an official communication from the SEC said, adding 8,959 wards were elected unanimously and polls for 118 wards would not be conducted for various reasons.

Though the elections are held without any involvement of political parties and party symbols,major political parties have thrown their weight behind their sympathisers concerned.

TRS MP Vinod Kumar had claimed that 90 per cent of the winning candidates worked for their party during the recently concluded Assembly polls.

About 50,000 security personnel are being deployed for overseeing security arrangements during the poll process, Telangana Additional DG (law and order) Jitender told PTI.

The first and second phases witnessed over 85 per cent of voter turnout.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.