Assembly Polls: 83% Polling in Goa, 78.62% Voter Turnout in Punjab

Posted February 06, 2017

Several female voters, who went to polling booths to cast their votes for 40 assembly seats in Goa, were gifted pink teddy bears as a token of encouragement.

The Election Commission had made elaborate security and other arrangements for smooth, free and fair elections in both the states.

While Ravi Naik, Digambar Kamat, Pratapsinh Rane and Luizinho Faleiro are in the fray as Congress nominees, Churchill Alemao is contesting on NCP ticket.

Outcome of exit polls, which will be broadcast after March 8, the last phase of polling for this round of five state elections, would see the debutant Aam Aadmi Party surge in the region, said a pollster.

The VVPAT machines help the voters to ascertain that his vote has gone to the candidate whom he has voted clearing off the doubt about authenticity of EVMs.

In Goa, for the first time, 100 per cent use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system was done.

Over 11 lakh voters in Goa are eligible to exercise their right to franchise to elect members for the 40-seat state Assembly.

Punjab reported 78.62% polling, a shade higher than 78.57% in the 2012 election. All those present at booth at 5 pm got a token as those in the queue were still allowed to vote. The tentative polling percentage in the state has settled at 75 per cent in Punjab.

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Millions of Indians in two of the country's main states have taken to the polls in key legislative elections seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.

There are speculations that Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar might be sent back to Goa to be the next chief minister, if BJP retains power in the tourist state.

"Congress and BJP have been in power for five years each". This emotive issue was one of the pre-election subjects that helped the BJP stitch a simple majority and form the government.

For last ten-years, the Akali Dal-BJP alliance has been ruling the state for two straight terms, and both AAP and Congress hope to benefit from an anti-incumbency sentiment.

BJP which had pre-poll alliance during the 2012 assembly polls is going alone except for supporting independents in four constituencies.

India's Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar remained mysterious about the development by dropping hints on the chief ministerial candidate of Goa. Voting in the state was by and large peaceful. This may probably be due to the fact that the voters themselves are confused and are having a tough time to achieve a balance between a good party and a good candidate.

National Secretary Girish Chodankar said that the Congress party has bowed to the feelings and aspirations of people of Goa by giving new and young faces and fulfilling people's demand through people centric manifesto. Its chief ministerial candidate Elvis Gomes has promised to put processes in place within 90 days to check corruption in the state. The Congress leader also contested the elections from his traditional seat of Patiala.