Assembly Elections: 83 per cent in Goa, Punjab records 75 per cent polling
Chandigarh: The 40 constituencies of Goa witnessed a comprehensive 83 per cent voter turnout, while 75 per cent people of Punjab's 117 constituencies practised their right to vote on Saturday, as the states went for Assembly polls in a single phase.
Goa had observed 81 per cent voters turnout in the previous assembly elections.
It is being believed that there will be major competition between the BJP-Akali Dal combine, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab where total 1145 candidates are contesting for 117 seats.
In Goa, there will be a contest for 40 assembly seats. Goa's overall turnout till 1100 hours was 34 per cent, including South Goa's polling percentage as 32 per cent and North Goa's polling percentage as 35 per cent. Punjab, where polling has to be conducted on 117 seats has recorded an overall voter turnout of 14 per cent till 1130 hours.
Security forces have been deployed for peaceful voting course.
Elections in both the states will be conducted in single phase and the result will be declared on March 11.
"Urging people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the Assembly elections. I particularly urge my young friends to vote," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi before beginning his election campaign in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh with Meerut rally on Saturday. Uttar Pradesh will witness seven-phase election in 403 assembly seats between February 11 and March 8.