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Assembly Elections: 83% voter turnout in Goa, 70% polling in Punjab

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In Goa: A high voter turnout of over 83 per cent was today recorded in the Assembly polls in Goa, where the ruling BJP is engaged in a fierce fight with the opposition Congress, AAP and an alliance of MGP, Shiv Sena and GSM for the 40-member House.

ECI’s data from various polling booth showed that over 83 per cent of 11.10 lakh voters turned up to exercise franchise. According to EC sources, the poll percentage could go up as there are long queues of voters at many booths across the state even after 5 PM.

A total of 250 contestants are in the fray, which include many independents. BJP has put up 36 aspirants, Congress 37 and AAP is contesting on 39 seats and each of them backing independents in a few seats.

In Punjab:

Punjab today recorded an estimated 70 per cent polling during which technical glitches and stray incidents of violence were reported in the state which is seeing a high-stake contest among Congress, new entrant AAP and ruling SAD-BJP combine.

A large number of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines, installed for the first time in the ongoing Punjab Assembly polls, developed snags during the polling process in the state.

This time around 70 per cent out of the total 1.98 crore electors exercised their franchise to seal the fate of 1,145 candidates including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his son and Deputy, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and Punjab Congress President and the party’s chief ministerial candidate, Capt Amarinder Singh.

The total number of electors in the state is 1,98,79,069, including 93,75,546 females. There are 415 transgender voters. The total number of candidates in the fray include 81 women and a transgender.

Counting of votes will be taken up on March 11.

Courtesy: PTI

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