72 per cent vote for Lok Sabha, 81 per cent Mandrem, 80 per cent Shiroda, 75 per cent Mapusa


Panaji: In the peaceful election process held here on Tuesday, Goa polled 72.04 per cent votes for both the Lok Sabha Constituencies including 73.92 per cent for North and 70.15 per cent for South Goa Parliamentary constituency.

Amongst the three Assembly Constituencies which went for polling, Mandrem recorded highest 81.61 per cent, Shiroda 80.09 per cent and Mapusa 75.15 per cent.

The percentage of voting was announced during a press conference by Chief Electoral Officer Kunal, who claimed that the voting was peaceful with no untoward incident reported during the polling.

He admitted that there were some glitches reported to Electronic Voting Machine which were attended to immediately and rectified by the concern officials.

Sankhalim constituency in North Goa Parliamentary segment, which is represented by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant polled highest 81.82 per cent while Benaulim Assembly constituency in South Goa Parliamentary segment polled lowest 61.99 per cent votes.

Interestingly, the voting turn out reported on Tuesday was much lesser compared to 76.86 per cent voting registered during 2014 Parliamentary election which saw BJP winning on both the seats.

Kunal said that the long weekends and holiday season may have resulted in the dip in the polling percentage. “The voting during the day was largely peaceful,” he said.

For Lok Sabha elections, 11,36,113 voters including 302 service voters were eligible to caste their votes. Total 12 candidates contested in both the Lok Sabha seats including two women.

Kunal said that the polling was conducted in total 1652 polling stations.


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