VVPAT tallying may extend wait to know final winner in Goa

Published: May 22, 2019, 15:18 IST | mid-day online desk

Prominent among these constituencies is Panaji which was represented by chief minister Manohar Parrikar till his death in March this year

VVPAT tallying may extend wait to know final winner in Goa
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The final verdict on Lok Sabha polls in Goa is expected to come late night on Thursday as
manual counting of VVPAT slips from five booths of each Assembly segment has to be taken up to match figures, a senior poll official said on Wednesday.

Votes for North Goa district would be counted in Panaji and for South Goa district in Margao. Counting of votes for the two Lok Sabha constituencies and four assembly segments would be taken up at two centres in Margao and Panaji.

District Election Officer R Menaka said, "Counting process will start at 8 am. It is expected to continue till midnight because along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the manual counting of VVPATs (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) from five booths of each Assembly constituency would be taken up to match the figures." Assembly constituencies of Panaji, Mandrem and Mapusa fall under North Goa district and Shiroda in South Goa district.

Results would start trickling by afternoon, she said, adding that counting for assembly byelections are expected to end faster. A voter turnout of 72.04 per cent was recorded for the two Lok Sabha seats that went to polls on April 23.

Prominent candidates in the fray from North Goa are Union minister Shripad Naik of the BJP and Girish Chodankar of Congress.

In South Goa, BJP's sitting MP Narendra Sawaikar is squaring off against former chief minister Francis Sardinha of the Congress and Elvis Gomes of the AAP. The assembly constituencies that went to polls are Panaji, Mapusa, Mandrem and Shiroda. Bypolls in Panaji and Mapusa were necessitated due to the death of sitting MLAs Manohar Parrikar and Francis D'Souza, respectively while in two other seats due to the resignation of sitting MLAs of the Congress.

Prominent among these constituencies is Panaji which was represented by chief minister Manohar Parrikar till his death in March this year. The BJP has fielded its former MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar against former minister Atanasio Monserratte of the Congress in Panaji. Former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar is also in the fray as the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) candidate.

In Mapusa assembly constituency, late MLA Francis D'Souza son Joshua is contesting on BJP ticket against Sudhir Kandolkar of Congress. In Mandrem, BJP's Dayanand Sopte is battling Babi
Bagkar of the Congress, Swaroop Naik of the GSM and Independent nominee Jeet Arolkar.

The BJP has fielded Subhash Shirodkar against Mahadev Naik of the Congress and Deepak Dhavalikar of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) in Shiroda.

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