Panaji, May 19 : Above 58 per cent voting was recorded till 3pm in Panaji Assembly constituency where polling was underway since morning.
The polling began in the morning and was progressing smoothly. According to office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here, 58.89 per cent voting was recorded till 3pm. Polling was disturbed for about 20 minutes at a polling station as VVPAT machines developed technical snag.
There are six candidates whose fates would be decided by over 22,000 eligible voters of the constituency which falls in the capital city. According to office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), there are 22, 482 eligible voters, out of which 10,697 are males and 11,785 females. There are 131 persons with disabilities. Out of the eligible voters, 476 are first time voters in the constituency.
There are 30 polling stations in the constituency. District Administration has made adequate security arrangements for peaceful election. Security has been beefed up with deployment of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) personnel.
The candidates whose political fates would be decided in the by-poll are Siddharth Cuncalienkar of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Valmiki Naik of Aam Adami Party (AAP), Atanasio Monserrate of Congress and Subhash Velingkar of Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM). Besides there are two independent candidates namely Dilip Ghadi and Vinay More. Counting of votes would take place on May 23, 2019.
Speaking to reporters after casting his vote, GSM candidate Subhash Velingkar said,"The BJP has gone to the lowest levels to defame me. People will pay them back while polling today." On the other hand, Mr Kuncalienckar claimed that voters of the constituency were all set to choose BJP as it was only option available with them which could provide them development.
Congress candidate Atanasio Monserrate alleged that BJP had tried to assassinate his character during the poll campaign and people would vote for him based on his manifesto. The by-poll has been necessitated due to demise of former Chief Minister Late Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar who was MLA from Panaji constituency for over two decades had passed away on March 17, 2019. (UNI)