78.94% exercise franchise on Goa's date with democracy

The highest polling percentage was registered in Sanquelim constituency where the turnout was 89.64 per cent.
78.94% exercise franchise on Goa's date with democracy

Voters stand in queue to exercise their franchise at a polling booth

Gomantak Times

Goa on Monday registered a high voter turnout of 78.94 per cent in polling for the 40 Assembly seats.

The highest polling percentage was registered in Sanquelim constituency where the turnout was 89.64%, while the lowest polling percentage was recorded in Benaulim assembly segment where only 70.20% of the electorate turned out to vote.

The state Chief Election Commissioner (CEO) Kunal said North Goa recorded a high voter turnout of 79.56 per cent while South Goa saw a voter turnout of 78.22 per cent.

The final voting percentage fiure is likely be around 80 per cent after including absentee votes and taking the actual tally. 80 absentee voters and 15,474 officials will also be added to the tally later, CEO Kunal said.

The Vasco constituency had the highest number of 35,139 voters, while the Mormugao seat had the lowest number of voters at 19,958, he said.

He said polling was held at 1,722 booths, of which 105 were manned by only women personnel (also called 'pink booths') and eight by differently abled persons.

A total of 14 (0.81%) control units, 8 (0.46%) ballot units and 21(1.4%) voter verifiable paper audit trails or VVPATs were replaced due to technical errors during the polling.

"Artificial Intelligence based live web streaming was designed to capture real time information from webcasting feeds on computer vision technology. This has been developed in order to identify the queue length outside the polling stations. The system has been developed in association with IIT Goa and has been implemented in 100 polling stations across Goa,” Kunal said.

The polling which began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm, saw few few skirmish between supporters of the two candidates, however, no untoward incident was reported throughout the day.

A senior police official said the election was conducted in a peaceful manner and no serious complaint of any malpractice was received.

He said three FIRs related to different incidents were registered during the day. In one of the incidents, the car of a person, who is related to a political leader, was set on fire at Bicholim, while at Sanvordem a person was found with cash, the police official said.

He said the total cash seizure was Rs 6.06 crore during the period of code of conduct which came into force in early January.

Besides, liquor worth Rs 3.57 crore was also seized during the period, the official added.

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