Over 40 percent voting in Goa till 3 p.m. (Second Lead)

April 23rd, 2009 - 7:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Panaji, April 23 (IANS) After a slow start in the morning, the polling percentages picked up in Goa, through the afternoon, with 40.20 percent of the 10.20 lakh voters exercising their franchise till 3 p.m, election officials said.
The North Goa constituency polled 45 percent votes, while polling in South Goa was comparatively lower at 35.50 percent. Till 1 p.m. in the afternoon, the polling percentage across the 1,339 booths in the state, was pegged at 35.35 percent by the state election officials.

Even as the security set up in the state has been severely impaired due to the non availability of central paramilitary personnel, no untoward incident has been reported yet in the state.

“There were a few complaints related to ferrying of voters made by some individuals in North Goa, which were found to be untrue upon verification,” election officials said.

The highest voting has been recorded in the Aldona assembly segment in North Goa, with 61.38 percent votes being polled there. Shiroda in South Goa, where the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee chief Subhash Shirodkar hails from, pegged a comparatively low turnout at 40 percent. The home assembly constituency segment of Curtorim of South Goa Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Francisco Sardinha recorded 35.41 percent.

North Goa has 20 assembly constituencies, where seven candidates are in the fray, chief among whom are Shripad Naik of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Jitendra Deshprabhu of the NCP.

The main contestants in South Goa, with 20 assembly constituencies, are Narendra Sawaikar of the BJP and Francisco Sardinha of the Congress party.

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