Voting for 40 seats in Goa gets underway; 67% till 3 pm

Priol, an Assembly segment in rural Goa, reported the highest voter participation at 89.24 per cent.

ECI's data from various polling booth showed that over 83 per cent of 11.10 lakh voters turned up to exercise franchise. Arch rival, the Congress party, had a few of them - the Ranes, Monserrates and Alemaos.The opposition BJP-MGP combine found a meaty election propaganda material in the Alemaos, as three of them, former PWD minister, Churchill, his daughter, Valanka, and brother and former urban development minister, Joaquim, were Congress nominees.

However, polling at one booth in Cumbharjua constituency was delayed due to EVM machine malfunction but eventually began at 7.45 a.m, Kunal added.

This time around, the pre-poll surveys have become bolder and today, every major political party contesting the 2017 state assembly election in Goa, has through some pre-poll survey or other, been lucky enough to cross the 20-seat barrier.

The BJP also hopes to wrest power in the hill-state of Uttarakhand and the north-eastern state of Manipur, governed by the Congress party. Voters in Punjab took everyone by surprise in 2012 when they returned SAD-BJP to power, a first for the state where Akalis and Congress took turns to rule the state.




Moreover, data also show that it is getting increasingly hard for the ruling parties to retain power when compared to early years of Independence.

After the voting was closed, the Election Commision addressed a press conference where it informed that for the first time 100 per cent use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system was done in Goa.

Talking to reporters here, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that 40 such booths were used in Goa - one in each constituency.

Stand up comedian and AAP MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann, who is a probable candidate for chief ministership if the party wins the election, is crossing swords with Sukhbir in Jalalabad.

Goa Pradesh Congress has thanked people of Goa and various organisations for impressive, silent and decisive voting yesterday and claimed that people would give it clear majority to form government. The AAP has been seen giving the Akali Dal and Congress a run for their money in the region. The party which projected Parrikar as chief ministerial face in 2012 had contested on 28 seats during that (2012) elections which also saw Congress fielding its candidates on 34 seats.

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