Goa records high voter turn out at 83%, Punjab at 78.62 per cent

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Panaji, Feb 4: Goa recorded the highest voter turn out on the polls held on Saturday. The Election Commission has said that The voter turn out in Goa was a record 83 per cent.

Goa records high 83% voting:ECI

Deputy Election Commissioner of India Umesh Sinha informed the media that the elections in Goa passed off peacefully.

In the case of Punjab the voter turn recorded at 78.62 percent, the ECI said.

Sinha also informed that 100% webcasting was done in Goa in all the polling stations and added that 84 per cent polling was recorded in north Goa, while in south Goa it was 81.5 per cent. The postal votes are yet to be counted.

"The final figure for Goa is likely to increase," Sinha said while thanking all the stakeholders for the smooth conduct of the polls.

Goa also became the first state in the country to introduce a polling station managed by all women officers including security personnel. Goa also had one polling station managed by disabled persons, Sinha added.

Sinha said that in Punjab Rs 58.02 crore cash, 12.43 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 13.34 crore, 2,598 Kgs of drugs and narcotics worth Rs 18.26 crore was siezed.

While briefing on the polling day in Punjab, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said that a case of violence was reported in Lalu Ghuman village in Tarn Taran. The supporters of 2 political parties clashed and one person sustained bullet injury. An FIR was filed and the main accused arrested.

Two were injured, and one sustained a bullet injury. A FIR was filed following which the main accused was rounded up," he said.

The election commission said that in Punjab, 47 of the 22,615 EVMs malfunctioned and were replaced. Out of the 6,668 VVPATs, 187 had to be replaced.

Re-polling recommended in booth number 8 of Margao constituency in South Goa after faulty procedure by staff.

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