Raipur: The polling for 151 urban bodies — 10 municipal corporations, 38 municipal councils and 103 Nagar panchayats which started at 8 am, amid tight security concluded at 5 pm on Saturday.

Voting for bypolls in three wards of two municipal corporations were also 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.

A total of 5,427 polling stations were set up for the elections and elaborate security arrangements were in place for the voting. Notably, in six wards, corporators were elected unopposed as no other candidates were in the fray.

The polling was held through ballot paper.

The state government had, last month, issued a gazette notification of Chhattisgarh Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 paving the way for indirect elections of mayors and chief of other civic bodies.

As per the new rules, general public will directly elect corporators of wards who will then elect mayor and chairpersons from among them.

(With PTI inputs)