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Valpoi First Constituency to Have Poll Monitoring System

The by-elections in Valpoi Assembly constituency will earn it the distinction of being the first entire constituency where the poll monitoring system will be implemented to ensure free and fair polls.
Under this system every voter coming to the polling booth to cast his or her ballot will be photographed and fingerprinted. This is expected to deter bogus voting whereby people cast ballots in the name of persons who are not present in the area due to employment either outside Goa or overseas.
Besides, the officials will also set up a voter facilitation centre outside the polling booth where any person can just tell his or her name and the officials will give the serial number of the person.  Thus the tables put up by the candidates to help voters know their serial number will be rendered redundant. The by-elections in Valpoi are scheduled to be held on 18th October  and the constituency has 17,912 registered voters of which 9,106 are males and 8,806 are females.
The Bharatiya Janata party has fielded Santosh Halarnkar against the Congress nominee Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for these elections.

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