City Councillors mandated to step down were the elected representatives of the second Municipal Election of 1949, including the two prominent PP women politicians Phyllis Eu and Amy Laycock, both who were running for a new term. PP had expelled a Councillor, S. S. Manyam (North), not long after the election last year. He was sending his wife as an independent candidate in the West ward. LP was in turmoil, having also expelled one Councillor, M. P. D. Nair (South), earlier in the year. Another whose term was up, S. M. A. H. Chisty, resigned from LP and was going independent. In addition, the head of a LP rebel faction, S. Jaganathan, was contesting as an independent against LP leader P. M. Williams. PP fielded largely old hands. There were more multi-corner contests and narrower margins.

Nomination day: 5 November 1952 [Wed]
Polling day: 6 December 1952 [Sat]

Registered voters: 44,896
Voter turnout: 22,905 (51.0%)

Election deposit: $250

City East North Rochore South West
Total seats = 6