Friday, April 24, 2009

Goa throws up 54% turnout for Lok sabha polls

Over 54 % of Goans turned up to exercise their franchise in the Lok sabha polls for the two seats of Panaji and Mormugao constituency yesterday even as both the BJP and the Congress-NCP combine were upbeat about their chances of victory from both the seats by wishful margins.

The statistics mean that nearly half of the 10.19 lakh registered electorate did not turn up to vote at the elections. The votes are expected to be counted on the 16th of may and the Electronic Voting machines (EVMs) have already been moved to the respective counting centers in the state.

As per the figures  the North Goa parliamentary constituency of Panaji had a voter turnout of 56.5 % while the south Goa constituency had a turnout of 50.3 % . So from a total electorate of 4,86,789 in the north, 2,75,046 voters turned up to exercise their franchise while 2,68,416 voters turned up in South Goa from a total electorate of 5,33,188 voters.

Thw BJP predicted a hat-trick victory in North Goa for their candidate Mr Shripad Naik while the congress exuded confidence in wresting the seat for its coalition partner the NCP.The BJP also feels that in South Goa, the UGDP candidate Mr Mathany Saldanha will have succeeded in grabbing a large chunk of Congress votes thereby weakening the Congress whereas the same fears could be haunting the BJP in the North seat, with the MGP's Pandurang Raut and the Shiv Sena's Upendra Gaonkar estimated to snatch a large pie of the vote bank thereby denting the BJP cause.

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