Raipur: The polling for 151 urban bodies — 10 municipal corporation, 38 municipal councils and 103 nagar panchayats — is underway in Chhattisgarh amid heavy security. Voting began at 8 am to will continue till 5 pm.
‘Preparations have been made….polling parties have started reaching their destinations amid tight security,’ a state election official said.
Voting for bypolls in three wards of two municipal corporations is also be held simultaneously.
The number of eligible voters is 40,05,353, including 20,00,303 women and 443 third gender persons. Over 10,000 candidates are in the fray.
Further, a total of 5,427 polling stations have been set up for the elections and elaborate security arrangements have been made, the official said. Notably, in six wards, corporators were elected unopposed as no other candidates were in the fray, he said.
The polling is being held through ballot paper.
The state is having indirect election of mayors of municipal corporations and chairpersons of other civic bodies for the first time since its creation in 2000.