Campaigning in the Valpoi assembly constituency came to an end on Saturday evening even as party workers began networking with key voters to garner as many votes as possible for their candidates.
The constituency goes to poll on Monday with only two candidates in the fray – Health Minister Vishwajit Rane fielded by the Indian National Congress and Santosh Halarnkar of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Although campaigning has come to end, party workers of both the Congress and BJP were over-active in networking with key voters who control chunks of votes and swing those votes in their favour and both the camps were leaving no stone unturned to improve the chances of their respective candidates.
Meanwhile the authorities have geared up to conduct the polls in a free and fair manner by introducing the Poll Management System which is aimed at restricting bogus voting. Under this system, each voter will be photographed and his finger prints recorded.
Although the mock drill of this system went on smoothly, the authorities assuming that there will be some extra time taken to fingerprint the voters, increased the number of polling booths in the constituency. Four additional polling stations classified as Auxiliary Polling Stations have been set. While one each have been set up at Nanus and Velus, two have been set up at Valpoi. Auxiliary polling stations have been set up wherever the voters number more than 1,000.
Security has been beefed up in the constituency to prevent any untoward incident as 17,920 voters will exercise their franchise on Monday with 85 CISF Jawans joining the 400 police personnel there.