Bhubaneswar, Jan 8 :
Brisk polling has been reported across the city since voting for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC)began at 8 this morning, sources said.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik was among those who voted early. He went to a booth close to his residence in Ward-53 to cast his vote.
Polling has remained peaceful so far.
Commissionerate police has made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of the polls.
35 platoons of police personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair polling, Commissionerate police sources said.
A close watch is being kept on the 300 booths identified as sensitive, Twin City commissioner RP Sharma said.
Besides, the government has also appointed 3780 poling officials for the smooth conduct of voting.
Arrangements have been made for live webcast from 20 wards so that State Election Commission (SEC) officials can monitor the polling process, an official said.
About 6, 90,239 voters – 3,96,454 males and 2,93,794 females – will cast their votes in 660 booths to decide the fate of the 393 candidates contesting in the 67 wards of the Corporation.
While 141 of them are candidates of different political parties, 186 are independent and other candidates.
However, the rebels contesting the election as independents after being denied tickets by their respective parties are likely to play a decisive role in the election.
The counting of votes will be taken up on Thursday.