I have an error spotting question.

That summer, elections were (A) held at many a place (B) without any untoward incident. (C) No error. (D)

I think the sentence is free of errors, but according to the book which I have, the error is in part B: held at many a place.

Now in part B, many a place, which means "many places" is correct; held is also correct, so I am left with at, which I think is also correct, but since the book says the error is in B, it is the only part where I have confusion.

What should it be? At many a place, in many a place, or something else?

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    The preposition at is wrong, it should be in. But as a native speaker, I honestly have no idea why, so I won't add an answer in. Prepositions are funny things!
    – Ben I.
    May 13, 2017 at 14:39
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    @Choirbean Do we always use 'in' with "elections were held __ many places "" ?
    – user212388
    May 13, 2017 at 14:43
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    With exactly that formation, yes.
    – Ben I.
    May 13, 2017 at 14:51

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Your problem seems to be centered around


since elections are held in many locations, whereas

Festivals and rock concerts are held at many different locations.

Possibly because an election occurs within a constituency.

Top add to the confusion,

Polling stations have been located at major intersections throughout town.

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