First phase of Chhattisgarh civic body polls on Monday

A total of 51 urban bodies, including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 nagar panchayats will go to polls tomorrow in the state amid tight security.

PTI| Updated: Dec 28, 2014, 19:11 PM IST

Raipur: A total of 51 urban bodies, including 10 municipal corporations, 19 municipal councils and 22 nagar panchayats will go to polls tomorrow in the state amid tight security.

A total of 27,58,720 voters will decide the fate of 5,130 candidates, including 101 for Mayoral posts, 86 for presidents of municipal councils and 105 for presidents of nagar panchayats.

A total of 1250 wards will go to polls in the first phase.

"The preparations have been done for the first phase of polling in 51 urban bodies and polling parties are reaching to their destinations amid tight security," said State Election Commissioner PC Dalei.

He said a total of 27,58,720 electorates, including, 14,13,776 male and 13,44,944 females, would exercise their franchise in the elections for which 3,336 polling stations are set up.

While 1,445 polling booths have been identified as sensitive, 199 as "hyper sensitive".

Elaborate security arrangements are being made at all polling stations to ensure fair and peaceful polling, Dalei said.

Polling will be held between 7 AM and 3 PM in insurgency-hit Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Sukma and Bijapur nagar palikas and two nagar panchayats of Pakhanjur and Antagarh in North Bastar (Kanker) district because of security threat to polling parties, the SEC said, adding polling will take place from 8 AM to 5 PM in remaining areas.

Municipal corporations going to polls are Ambikapur, Chirmari, Jagdalpur, Bilaspur, Raipur, Rajnandgaon, Raigarh, Korba, Durg and newly-formed Dhamtari.

Elections in remaining two municipal corporations of Bhilai and Birgaon (newly formed) are due in 2015.

A straight fight is expected between the ruling BJP and Congress for Mayoral posts and for presidents of municipal councils.

However, independents may play a spoilsport for both the parties in elections for presidents of nagar panchayats and coporators.