Raipur, Nov.13 : Security has been beefed up beefed up in Chhattisgarh ahead of first phase of Assembly poll.
All arrangements are in place for a free and fair election.
The polling in the 12 Assembly segments in Bastar region will start at 7 am and will close at 3 p.m. while in other 27 constituencies voting will take place between 8 a.m and 5 pm.
The political future of State Chief Minister Raman Singh, State Assembly Speaker Prem Prakash Pandey, Leader of Opposition Mahendra and former Congress minister Ravindra Choubey will be decided in these polls. Singh is among 383 candidates who will be in the fray in the first phase.
The Election Commission has decided to hold Chhattisgarh assembly elections in two phases. In the first phase, 39 assembly seats from 10 districts will go for polls on November 14. The second phase will witness polls for 51 seats from 8 districts on November 20. The votes will be counted on December 8.
The notification for first phase of elections was issued on October 20 and the last date to file nominations was October 27. November 1 was declared the last date for withdrawal of nominations.