Poriem, Sanquelim, Valpoi constituencies top the polling percentage, less response in Vasco, Panaji, Benaulim


Panaji: Goa’s rural most assembly constituencies like Poriem, Sankhalim and Valpoi in North Goa witnessed good turn out for the polling for two Parliamentary seats in the coastal state.

The ECI’s final data has revealed that Goa recorded 75.20 per cent voting on Tuesday of which 76.34 per cent was in North Goa Parliamentary segment and 73.90 per cent in South Goa.

The polling was held across all the 1,725 stations for both the seats. The top three assembly constituencies which recorded highest voting are in rural belt of the tourism state.

The highest voting was recorded in Poriem Assembly segment represented by BJP MLA Dr Deviya Rane, which saw 87.11 per cent people turning out at the polling booth followed by CM Dr Pramod Sawant’s Sanquelim constituency which witnessed 86.5 per cent voting.

The third highest voting was also recorded in Valpoi assembly segment represented by Health minister Vishwajit Rane. Valpoi constituency polled 82.97 per cent votes.

Two urban constituencies — Vasco in South Goa (67.10 per cent) and Panaji in North Goa (67.26 per cent) — witnessed low turnout along with Benaulim constituency, a predominantly christian dominated area which recorded 68.49 per cent voting.

The assembly constituencies of Sanguem (82.22 per cent) and Sanvordem (79.98 per cent), both in South Goa, were amongst the top ten constituencies which recorded high turn out on Tuesday.

The urban areas recorded mixed response with Panaji and Vasco recording low polling while Margao (73.64 per cent) and Mapusa (74 per cent) had average voting.

The Christian voter dominated constituencies of Benaulim (68.49 per cent), Navelim (71.43 per cent), Cuncolim (72 per cent) and Velim (69 per cent), all in Salcette taluka of South Goa, recorded unenthusiastic turnout.

BJP has fielded sitting MP Shripad Naik from North Goa who is pitted against Ramakant Khalap of Congress and Manoj Parab of Revolutionary Goans Party.

In South Goa, Congress refused ticket to sitting MP Francisco Sardinia and instead has fielded Viriato Fernandes who is contesting against Pallavi Dempo of BJP and Rubert Pereira of Revolutionary Goans Party.

A total of 16 candidates, eight each in North and South Goa Lok Sabha constituencies, are in the fray.


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