BJP vote share increases by 5%

The biggest gainers from this drastic voter turnout were independents, who increased their tally to five by defeating Congress stalwarts like Mr Churchill Alemao and forced the dropping of the voter share of the Congress by almost five per cent - this too mainly in the Congress stronghold of Salcete.

PANAJI: The state has seen an increase of 17.63 per cent in number of voters this assembly elections over 2007, data shows, even as women voters outnumbered men voters by almost six per cent. The state also saw 44,000 new voters out of which 12,250 were in the age bracket of 18-19 years.
In 2007, Goa had a poll percentage of 70.51 per cent with 10,11673 electors voting while it polled 81.74  per cent in 2012 out of which 79.67 per cent were men and 85.97 per cent were women. An increase in 1,25,577 voters or 17.63 per cent.
Out of the five states that went to the polls two states that recorded a marked increase in voting numbers – Goa and Uttar Pradesh – voted for change. Goa saw the defeat of the Congress-NCP alliance while UP voted out the Bahujan Samaj Party and brought in the Samajwadi Party.
The biggest gainers from this drastic voter turnout were independents, who increased their tally to five by defeating Congress stalwarts like Mr Churchill Alemao and forced the dropping of the voter share of the Congress by almost five per cent - this too mainly in the Congress stronghold of Salcete.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is the largest gainer this election and garnered 21 seats saw an increase in its vote share by more than five per cent. BJP had a share of around 31 per cent in 2007 that has increased to more than 35 per cent in 2012. Compared to 2.61 lakh votes out of 6.73 lakh it polled in 2007, the Congress and NCP polled 2.95 lakh out of 8.46 lakh this time while the BJP got a little over three lakh votes compared to two-odd lakh votes in 2007. Surprisingly though the MGP vote share fell to 5.92 per cent from 6.28 per cent this time, it gained another seat in the assembly after Mr Lavoo Mamlatdar defeated the incumbent home minister, Mr Ravi Naik in Ponda.