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The state election commission has declared most booths in Motihari as either “sensitive” or “super-sensitive” ahead of the May 17 election for two nagar parishads and four nagar panchayats.

Sources in the poll panel said of the total 219 polling stations, 115 have been marked “super-sensitive” and 89 “sensitive”. The sources added that the commission has asked the district administration to be extra cautious on the “sensitive issues and aspects” related with the elections.

Members belonging to the district unit of civil society recently held a meeting on the premises of Gandhi Sangrahalaya and resolved to create awareness among the voters. The organiser of the campaign, advocate Manta Rani Verma, urged all to impress upon the electorate to exercise their democratic franchise “by rising above petty social barriers”. Volunteers of the Kar-Data Sangharsh Samiti (Tax Payers’ Struggle Committee), which has been spearheading a drive against the “steep” hike in holding taxes, have also started a campaign among voters.