Security beefed up for second phase of Bihar panchayat polls today | Patna News

PATNA: Tight security arrangements have been made for the second phase of the panchayat election to be held under 48 blocks in 34 districts on Wednesday. Altogether 76,279 contestants are in the fray for 23,161 posts in the second round.
The state election commission (SEC) officials on Tuesday said voting will be held on 9,886 polling booths. The data of the electors has been uploaded for their biometric verification at the respective polling booths.
Among the 76,279 candidates in the second round, 46,168 are women and remaining 36,111 are men, indicating that the fair sex has keen interest in rural politics.
Over 10,000 security personnel have been deployed to ensure free and fair election. About a dozen districts going to the polls on Wednesday have been identified as Maoist-hit. Paliganj block in Patna, Rajpur in Buxar, Nauhatta in Rohtas, Nabinagar in Aurangabad, Kauwakol in Nawada, Ghosi in Jehanabad and Tekari and Guraru in Gaya will be specially on the radar of the security personnel.
The authoritative sources said 3,402 contestants were elected unopposed in this round. Moreover, no nomination papers were filed for 319 posts in the second round.
Meanwhile, FIRs were lodged with Rajgir police station in Nalanda district against five candidates for violating the model code of conduct. The contestants were Anup Choudhary, Pappu mukhiya, Rachna Bharti, Sandhya Rani and Sarvila Devi.
The accused had been charged with organising a feast of fish and rice to woo the electors in their favour.

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