Municipal Elections: Polling underway in Andhra Pradesh

Polling for 12 Municipal Corporations, including Greater Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, and 75 Municipalities and Nagar Panchayats in Andhra Pradesh began early this morning. The counting of votes will be held on March 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) said.
The urban local body elections (ULBs) were abruptly deferred in March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic after the nominations were filed. After nominations were filed and scrutiny was completed, the commission had on March 15, 2020 suspended the election process for the ULBs for six weeks in view of Covid-19 and later extended it until further orders.
The ULBs election would be the first test for the Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh. It has come amid a coordinated attack from the opposition parties who allege that the state government resorted to high-handed tactics, abuse of state machinery, particularly the police, in a bid to grab the civic bodies.
Meanwhile, citizens