Goa and Punjab Assembly Elections 2017: Record turnout of 83% voters in Goa, Punjab witnesses 70%, says EC

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New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2017 8:22:37 PM

Briefing the poll updates to the media, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that there had been a record turnout of 83% voters in Goa. While the voter turnout of Punjab was tentatively 70% until 5 pm.

The EC also said that 100% use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system had been done in Goa for the first time. (PTI)The EC also said that 100% use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system had been done in Goa for the first time. (PTI)

Post assembly elections in Goa and Punjab, the Election Commission has today declared that 100% webcasting has been done at all polling stations in Goa. Briefing the poll updates to the media, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that there had been a record turnout of 83% voters in Goa. While the voter turnout of Punjab was tentatively 70% until 5 pm.

The Election Commission has further stated the cash worth Rs 58.02 crore, 12.43 lakh litres liquor worth Rs 13.34 crore, 2598 Kgs of drugs and narcotics worth Rs 18.26 crore had been seized from Punjab. The EC also said that 100% use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system had been done in Goa for the first time. In Goa, there was one polling station managed totally by the persons with disability.

Several voters across Punjab had experienced problems during the polling process today, as a large number of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines, installed for the first time in the ongoing Punjab Assembly elections, developed a technical snag. Reports of a large number of machines not able to function due to technical snag have come in from Amritsar, Muktsar and Sangrur district. Due to the problem, polling had to be called off a number of times, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) VK Singh said, adding these machines were replaced by others. The election commission has installed VVPAT machines in 33 of the 117 constituencies for the assembly polls and two assembly segments as part of the Amritsar by-polls.

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Continuing his verbal assault on the Centre with polling underway in Goa and Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted that the Election Commission has “surrendered” before Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“EC has completely surrendered before Modiji, just like CBI n RBI,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief said in a tweet.

Taking on the Prime Minister over demonetisation, Kejriwal further said that the move had not eradicated black money as he had promised, and the evidence was visible in Goa and Punjab where polling is underway.

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