Goa Elections: 15% voting in first 2 hours says Chief Electoral Officer

First-time female voters of the Goa are walking out of the polling booths with two changes- indelible ink on their fingers and teddy bears in their hands. In the 2012 assembly elections, Goa had recorded an impressive 81.8 per cent voting.

Election Commission officials said the poll percentage in Goa could go up further as long queues were still there across the State even after the 5 pm deadline for voting to end. The assembly elections which will is being held in five states - Punjab, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur - is the first big electoral test for the ruling BJP party since demonetisation. A 78-year-old man named Leslie Saldanha collapsed at the Mary Immaculate School polling station in Panjim.

Sangrur district recorded the highest 81 per cent voting, followed by Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib at 80 per cent. In Goa, cash worth Rs 2.24 crore, along with more than 75,000 litres liquor worth more than 1 crore, 6 kgs of drugs and narcotics worth 34.22 lakh were seized, it said. A seat of the High Court is available in Panaji, the capital of Goa.The outcomes will be reported for all parties like Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Aadmi Party (AAP), Indian National Congress (INC), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak (MAG), Goa Vikas Party (GVP), and different parties and additionally free candidates.

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. Voting in Punjab and Goa is set to conclude Saturday evening.


Only one incident of violence was reported from Taran Taran, where an individual was injured after two groups of political workers clashed. The main accused has been rounded up, according to the Election Commission. Like Punjab, the state is holding single-phase polls and witnessing a multi-cornered battle.

Polling also took place today for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, which fell vacant after the resignation of Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh.

In Punjab, SAD leader and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, 89, sought re-election for the sixth time. For the first time webcasting from 4000 polling booth was done in Punjab, monitored from Chandigarh control room.

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