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57.83% polling in Goa

An estimated 57.83 per cent of the voters in Goa exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls, a 11 per cent increase compared to the last elections.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Panaji
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2004 04:19 PM IST

An estimated 57.83 per cent of the voters in Goa on Monday exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls, a 11 per cent increase compared to the last elections.

The final figures, constituency wise, received at the election office here late tonight showed that the voting percentage in Panaji was 59.29 while it was 56.63 in Mormugoa. The polling percentage was 46 in the 1999 Lok Sabha polls.

The highest voting percentage of 64.48 was recorded in Quepem assembly constituency, while neighbouring Canacona, in sharp contrast, recorded the lowest figures of 48.70 per cent.

No incident of violence was reported, Director General of Police Seva Dass said.

Since early morning, voters were seen lining up at polling booths, hoping to beat the blazing sun. Some carried umbrellas and caps to save themselves from the heat.

While the BJP is looking to consolidate its position and maintain its cent per cent record in the state, the high voter turnout, especially in Congress-NCP bastions like Bardez and Salcete talukas, could turn its plans awry.

Union Minister Sripad Naik of BJP is up against former Chief Minister Wilfred D'souza of the NCP in Panaji while sitting MP Ramakant Angle of the BJP is fighting it out with former CM and MP Chuchill Alemao of Congress in Mormugoa.

Chief Election Officer B S Bhalla said there had been some reports of EVM's not functioning, but that was in the beginning of polling and was due to human error. "we have replaced those machines and no votes were lost due to that."

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