A total of 74.65 per cent polling was recorded on Tuesday for the elections to both the Lok Sabha constituencies and the bypolls to three assembly segments in Goa.
The last general elections had recorded 76.86 per cent polling, which indicates that this time there has been 2.21 per cent less polling.
For the North Goa parliamentary seat, polling percentage registered was 76.40 per cent, which is 2 per cent less than the 78.64 per cent voter turnout recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Some 72.89 per cent polling was recorded in the South Goa constituency, which also witnessed 3 per cent low turnout as 75.17 per cent was registered in 2014 elections.
In the by-elections to the three assembly seats, Mapusa recorded 77.55 per cent voter turnout, while the voter turnout was 83.90 per cent in Shiroda, and Mandrem saw 86.52 per cent voting.
The Mandrem assembly segment registered the highest polling percentage while the Benaulim seat saw 64.73 per cent, which is the lowest in the constituency list.
Complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs at polling booths were reported from across the state, even though the chief electoral officer Shri Kunal claimed that the faulty machines were replaced immediately.
“The total replacement of EVMs and VVPATs is 11 control units (CUs) 11 ballot units (BUs) and VVPATs; so percentage-wise the replacement during the poll is 0.67 per cent of CU, 0.67 per cent of BU and 2.12 per cent of VVPAT,” he explained.
When questioned as to what led to the delay in the polling process, Kunal said that polling agents arrived late at many booths.
The CEO attributed the comparative less voter turnout to the ‘holiday season’ and the ‘long weekend’.
The polling was peaceful across Goa, the police said, adding that it was incident-free.
Sources said that 48 hours prior to the polling, the government agencies had stepped up surveillance. A control room was set up by the Goa police to collect hourly information regarding law and order situation as well as the polling process. The control room was monitored by SP, crime branch, Pankaj Kumar.
Kunal said the EVMs and VVPATs of the North Goa parliamentary constituency have been kept in the strong room set up at the Government Polytechnic College in Althino Panaji, while for the South Goa constituency the strong room has been set up at the Government Multipurpose College at Borda, Margao.
“We have provided double-layer security wherein the inner area is being guarded by central paramilitary forces and the outer area by the state military police and not the local police. And surveillance will always be done with the help of CCTV cameras,” he said.
There were cases of missing names from voters’ list. A first-time voter in Chimbel was shocked to know that her name was missing from the voters’ list, although her parents exercised their franchise.
A woman was seen arguing with polling staff in the Goa Housing Board office in Porvorim over her mother’s missing name from the electoral list.
It has also come to light that a dead person’s name still remains on the electoral roll of the St Andre assembly constituency.