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Batticaloa Local polls:

Batticaloa set for Local Govt elections

BATTICALOA: All measures have been taken to ensure free and fair local government polls in the Batticaloa district, Assistant Commissioner of Elections in Batticaloa District T. Krishnanandhalingam told the Daily News yesterday.

Arrangements for the Local Government Election in the Batticaloa District is progressing smoothly," he said adding that polls will be held on March 10 while postal voting will take place on Thursday and Friday. The Commissioner said 394 Postal votes packets have been sent to certifying officers responsible for fulfilling requirements regarding postal voting under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Elections in Batticaloa.

After the postal voting, ballet boxes will be sent to the returning officers before 4 p.m. on March 10. A total of 934 are eligible for postal voting.

The Assistant Commissioner said 4,200 election staff is needed for polls duties. He said 26 counting centres will be set up under 26 chief counting officers. Accordingly 22 normal counting centres will be established with two to count postal votes. Another two centres to count votes of the displaced will also be set up.

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