Telangana's local body elections begin

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With polling season underway across the country this summer, Telangana is witnessing local body polls which begin today for the first phase of elections for 195 ZPTC and 2097 MPTC seats in the state. Polling will commence at 7 am and end at 5 pm. However, in Naxal-hit areas for 217 MPTC seats, the polling will conclude at 4 pm.

According to the Election Commission, 7945 candidates are contesting this time in 195 mandals in the first phase. For the 2097 MPTC posts, 7072 candidates are contesting while 882 of them are contesting for 195 ZPTC posts. However, two ZPTC candidates and 69 MPTC candidates were elected unanimously in this phase.

The second and third phases of local body polls will be held on May 10th and 14th. The results of these elections will be out on May 27th. Over 1.47 lakh personnel, 54,000 police personnel are being deployed across 32,042 polling stations, said the Election Commission.
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