Amritsar/Panaji, February 4: The Election Commission on Saturday said that the polling in Goa and Punjab passed off peacefully for the state Assembly Elections. The Election Commission an apex body responsible for conducting polling across India saw a record voter turnout of 83 per cent in Goa and 70 per cent tentative voting was recorded in Punjab, said Deputy Election Commissioner, Umesh Sinha.
The voting for 117 assembly seats in Punjab and 40 assembly seats in Goa started at 7 AM on Saturday and concluded peacefully at 5 PM. Since the voting in both the states – Punjab and Goa – concluded in one phase the counting will now begin on March 11 and the results will be declared on the same day.
In Punjab days before the election, the EC has seized Rs 58.02 crore in cash, 12.43 lakh litres of liquor which have a market value of Rs 13.34 crore, 2598 kgs of drugs and narcotics worth Rs 18.26 crore. The Election Commission officials said that 100 per cent webcasting was done in Goa at all polling stations. “Till now the information received is 83 per cent polling in Goa, in north Goa 84%, in south Goa 81.5 per cent,” Umesh Sinha said while addressing a press conference.
Interestingly on of the polling station in Goa was picked up which was managed totally by the persons with disability, EC officials said. “For the first time 100% use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system was done in Goa”, Sinha said. In Goa voting cancelled at polling station No-8 at Margao constituency (South Goa) due to faulty procedure, re-poll scheduled for tomorrow.
In Punjab, it was a tough fight between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as all three parties were desperately fighting to grasp 117 assembly seats. In Punjab, some faulty EVMs at several polling booths interrupted polling.
In Punjab, there is around 1.98 crore registered voters and nearly 1,145 candidates stood for the elections. Although the election was peaceful but in one case violence was reported which took place in Lalu Ghaman village in Punjab. According to EC officials, supporters of two political parties clashed in which one person sustained bullet injury. FIR has been lodged in the matter.
For 40 Assembly seats in Goa, the state witnessed a four-way battle between Congress, BJP, the debutant AAP and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party led MGP front. In Goa, nearly 250 candidates fought the battle for 40 assembly seats which has a total 11 lakh registered voters.
The results of Punjab and Goa Assembly election will be declared after the Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur Election is over.