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North Goa sees peaceful voting



The North Goa constituency witnessed smooth conduct of free and fair Lok Sabha poll, with the North Goa collector, who is the returning officer, and the office of the state chief electoral officer conducting the polling exercise successfully.

In the Panaji assembly constituency, brisk polling was witnessed in polling booth 29 located in Krishi Bhavan. The electorate in the area, which is largely made up of middle-class families, turned up early to vote.

However, the voter turnout dwindled in the afternoon and picked up again slightly in the evening.

North Goa district collector R Menaka was seen in this polling booth early in the morning to co-ordinate the election work.

She later visited other polling booths located in Tonca and St Inez areas.

A total of 71.77 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Taleigao with a large number of women, senior citizens and first-time voters among those who exercised their franchise.

In most of the polling booths of Taleigao, voters came out in large numbers between 11 pm and 3 pm and waited in queues despite sweltering heat.

The election process in this assembly constituency  remained peaceful, except for a few stray incidents of arguments between voters and booth-level officers over EVM glitches, and for sending back the voters for not carrying supporting identity document along with their voters slip.

At few polling booths in Taleigao, the poll process was delayed due to malfunctioning of EVMs, which upset the voters awaiting their turn. Very few people were seen during first three hours of polling but during the post-afternoon period up till 5 p m, the turnout increased.

In the Porvorim assembly segment, the voters started arriving at the polling stations from 10.30 am to 12.30 p m. However, the voting continued since morning at snail’s speed in almost all the polling booths located at different places like Goa Housing Board office, Vidya Prabhodhini High School and Porvorim Sports Club, besides others.

Early morning, there were no party affiliated polling agents in the area, and people had to go without verifying their names to the polling booths. These agents however arrived after 8.30 am.

As the day progressed and voting picked up, many voters turned out despite scorching summer heat, with many of them having to reach the polling booths after walking a good 200 to 300 metres.

A number of young women were also seen standing in the queues along with infants in their arms.

A police officer slapped a driver on suspicion, as he was standing along the road leading to the Chimbel panchayat, where two polling booths are located. The police did so thinking that the man may try to influence the voters but apologised after a politician intervened.

Many women voters from Indira Nagar, Chimbel, arrived at the polling booths without any identity proof and were sent home by the officials with a request to return with the same.

Voters in Camara Bhat, particularly booth number 39, 40 and 41 located in the Government Primary school, Taleigao suffered from some foul smell in the vicinity of the school.

The St Cruz assembly constituency witnessed voters coming out to vote late, and as a result there were no serpentine queues noticed as usually seen in this constituency.

In the initial stage, the voting in the Saligao assembly constituency was very slow but later picked up, with 74 per cent voting turnout registered here.

There was equal flow of male and female voters at the Saligao polling booth. During the morning, senior citizens were seen in more numbers. In the early part of the day, the voting exercise was very slow, but picked up.

In the morning, the turnout at Sangolda near the Sangolda club and primary school was very low. A polling booth at Pilerne witnessed rush in the morning but experienced slack voter turnout, in the later part of the day.

Sources from the Calangute police station informed that there was no untoward incident in the Calangute assembly constituency.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, representing Sankhali assembly constituency cast his vote at the polling station at Government Primary school, Kothambi-Pali along with his wife.

Altogether 11,440 male and 11,488 female voters cast their vote in Sankhali assembly constituency.

In Mayem constituency, altogether 11,078 male and 11,281 female voters cast their votes registering percentage of 80.57.


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