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Training for civic election candidates

Candidates in the election fray for the civic polls would be imparted training on expenditure related issues on May 5 at Vikas Bhavan.

The district administration and Darbhanga Municipal Corporation have set up 185 polling stations across the town in 114 buildings to conduct free and fair elections for the civic body scheduled on May 17. Around 1.8 lakh voters are likely to exercise their democratic franchise.

Altogether 233 candidates are in the fray and all of them have been allotted their respective symbols. Of these, 48 are to be elected, as there are as many wards under the jurisdiction of the civic body.

All the candidates are going from door to door to win the trust of voters. The votes would be counted on May 19. The expenditure receipts of the candidates will be verified between May 7 and 9 at the district pensioner building.

According to sources, the district administration needs about 980 polling personnel at different booths. Around 250 electronic voting machines are likely to be used to ensure smooth polling.

The training of the polling personnel is already in progress. The first batch was imparted training on May 2, while the remaining will get trained on May 7 and May 15, according to schedule.

The district police administration has started checking vehicles across the district to stop the movement of criminals before the election. Over 2,500 vehicles were checked while 124 vehicles were seized and some of them fined.

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