December 14, 2016 3:53:51 am
TEN MUNICIPAL councils in Pune district will go to polls on Wednesday, sealing the fate of 826 candidates who are in fray for 223 seats for counsellors and 68 others who are vying for the post of president of the councils. The counting of votes will happen a day after the voting process. The towns, which will see the voting on Wednesday, are Baramati, Lonavla, Daund, Talegaon Dabhade, Saswad, Alandi, Indapur, Jejuri, Junnar and Shirur.
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The administration has increased the vigil to keep a check on illegal activities. Surveillance teams and flying squads have been established while check posts have come up in every council to ensure strict implementation of the code.
Officials from District Special Branch of Pune Rural Police said that at least 10 polling booths have been identified as sensitive based on law and order situation during previous polls. For all the 10 municipalities, which is going to polls, dedicated police stations have been assigned the task of providing security and maintaining law and order. The deployment is being monitored from Pune Rural Police headquarters.
State Election Commissioner Jageshwar Shaharia, who recently held a press conference in the city, said to make sure that money or any other means are not used to influence the voters, the Election Commission is taking the help of income tax as well as excise departments and monitoring the movements of cash closely.
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