The municipal elections for 146 municipalities and 10 municipal corporations have begun on Sunday with people queueing before the polling stations since 7 am in the morning.
Elections for about 20 municipalities will be held later since there are pending legal disputes, and in other cases, merger of surrounding villages was not completed.
The municipal elections — to be held on the basis of political parties — had been postponed in the State for the last three-and-a-half years on various grounds after the term of the elected bodies expired in September 2010.
Election will be held today till 5 pm and re-polls, if required, will be held on April 1. Counting will be taken up on April 2, Tuesday.
Soon after the State Government sent the final list of reservations in all the 156 municipalities and corporations on Sunday, the State Election Commission swung into action and prepared the election schedule on a war-footing.
About one crore voters would directly elect ward/division representatives in 4,503 wards in the urban local bodies and the indirect election for the Mayor, deputy Mayor, chairperson and vice-chairpersons would be held on April 7.
About 11,000 Electronic Voting Machines are being used in 9,015 polling stations to be manned by 49,583 polling personnel including teachers, lecturers, revenue and municipal administration staff.