Goa goes to polls today

Polling to both the Lok Sabha seats in the state and three assembly segments – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on Tuesday amidst tight security across Goa.
Electronic voting machines, voter-verifiable paper audit trail machines and other poll paraphernalia were dispatched from the respective taluka-level distribution centres on Monday afternoon.
The machines reached the 1,652 polling stations across the state by late evening.
The polling will begin at 7 am and end at 6 pm.
A total of 12 candidates, including four Independents, are in the fray of the two parliamentary constituencies.
On the other hand, a total of 16 candidates, including
three Independents, are contesting the byelections to the three assembly constituencies.
There are a total of 11, 35,811 voters in the state – 5, 55,768 male and 5, 80,043 female electors. There are 302 service voters.
In the Mandrem assembly constituency, there are 32,153 voters, the Shiroda assembly segment has 28,962 electors, while the Mapusa seat has 29,212 voters.
Additional chief electoral officer Narayan Sawant said that around 12,000 government employees have been put on election duty, and that as per the assessment every polling station will have a presiding officer, three polling officers, a peon and a booth-level officer.
Some 4,000 security personnel, including troopers belonging to central paramilitary forces, have been deployed in all polling stations to ensure free and fair election.
Additional EVM and VVPATs have been kept reserve to meet the eventuality of malfunctioning.
Additional polling officials have also been kept standby to meet any emergency situation.
After the completion of the polling, the EVMs and VVPATs for the North Goa constituency will be brought back from all the polling stations and kept in the strong room set up at the Government Polytechnic College in Altinho, Panaji.
The EVMs and VVPATs for the South Goa constituency will be kept in the strong room set up at the Government Multipurpose College at Borda, Margao.
Personnel of state and central paramilitary forces will keep a hawk’s eye on the strong rooms.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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