Goa touches 81.08% mark, falls short of 2012 record
Goa touches 81.08% mark, falls short of 2012 record
Campaigning for Punjab Goa Assembly elections ends today
06 February, 2017, 12:32
"Pink booths" or polling booths managed completely by female staff and security personnel were introduced in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections where voting was held on Saturday, the Election Commission said. The main contest is among the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Goa's current Prime Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, aspires to maintain the BJP hegemony in the territory and defeat his contenders: Elvis Gomes from AAP and Digambar Kamat from the Congress.
BJP has put up 36 aspirants, Congress 37 and AAP is contesting on 39 seats and each of them backing independents in a few seats.
Goa, on the other hand, outdid its 2012 record with an 83 per cent voter turnout. Polling for both the states happen on Saturday and results will be declared on 11 March. EVM failure was also reported at a third booth in Cortalim in South Goa, poll officials said. About 1.98 crore individuals will be qualified to vote in the high-stake race, the first after Modi Government's demonetisation move, in which 1,145 candidates, including 81 ladies and transgenders are Participating in This Elections.
"Nearly 70 per cent polling has taken place", an election office spokesman said here giving the preliminary figures of poll percentage.
The election machinery equipped with the trained staff and mix of Goa police and para military forces have already been dispatched to their respective polling stations where they will have stay overnight preparing for the D-day.
Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken alleged that 52 of the 67 AAP MLAs were out of Delhi to campaign in Punjab and Goa. "We had large participation of female voters and large number of female voters", he said adding that first time female voters were gifted with teddy bears. Then there is the arch rival opposition party the Congress Party also contesting the Punjab Elections 2017. In Lambi, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is facing off against Captain Amarinder Singh of the Congress.
Voters have done their job and it's parties' turn to worry and wait for March 11, when the votes will be counted.
The Chief Minister's son Sukhbir Singh will face AAP's Bhagwant Mann, MP, who is his party's likely chief ministerial candidate, in Jalalabad.
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