After initial refusal, Goa State Election Commission (GSEC) on Saturday agreed to postpone the counting of votes for the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) election by another day ‘fearing law and order issues’.
In a fresh order released Saturday morning, Chief Election Commissioner M Modassir said that the counting of votes will now be on Monday, March 14 at 10am.
Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi on Thursday had requested to postpone the counting of votes from Sunday, March 13 at 8pm to March 14 to avert any possible law and order issues.
But EC had rejected the request stating that the date and venue for the counting of votes already received wide media coverage and that postponing it would create inconvenience among those on election duty and the general public.
The counting of votes will be conducted at Goa Pharmacy College in Panaji and its live coverage will be shown on four giant screens at four different places including bus stand, Azad Maidan, Entertainment Society of Goa and Miramar beach.
Besides, the EC and National Informatics Centre will update the polling percentage and counting results through its website www.northgoa.nic.in. Similarly, local cable news channels are granted State Government’s consent to show live results.
The election for 30 wards of CCP will be held through Electronic Voting Machines at 68 polling stations and results were expected within half an hour of the counting.
More than 13,000 Panjim voters will be going to polls on March 13.
Meanwhile, Goa police have begun rounding up some of the notorious criminals in the city as ‘preventive measure’ ahead of the municipal polls.
“We have received credible and reliable informed that you are likely to indulge in criminal activities such as threatening the people staying in Corporation of City of Panjim areas and that there are chances of committing cognizable offense,” the notice signed by Panjim police inspector Ramesh Gaonkar reads.
Speaking to reporters, DySP Deu Benaulikar said that notices have been sent to17 history-sheeters asking them to desist from indulging in any anti-social activities.