People of Goa came out to vote in large numbers, till 5pm there were queues of people still waiting to cast their votes. While the official figures are not circulated yet; GoaChronicle.com assessment of the poll-turnout estimates that the close to 82 per cent voters casted their vote in this assembly elections.
A total of 10.25 lakh voters, spread over two districts – North Goa and South Goa – are will exercise their franchise at 1,612 polling booths, which will be manned by 10,644 security personnel, officials said.
215 candidates, including nine women and 74 independents are in the fray. The coastal state is the first in the country to adopt Poll Monitoring System where photographs and fingerprints of all voters will be captured on computers.
Joint Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti said all measures have been taken to ensure a fair and free election in the state.
He said a total of 3526 local policemen along with companies of para military forces have been deployed to prevent any lawlessness.
The 2012 election might come out with some surprising verdicts as the Congress is facing internal rift. While several senior leaders from Congress party are upset over ticket distribution and are contesting as independents, BJP in alliance with MGP might gain.
Leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar is seeking re-election from Panaji constituency and Chief Minister Digamber Kamat from Margao.