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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Is high voter turnout in Goa & Punjab indicates change?

Except the minor clashes and some technical glitches in the EVMs and Voter-verified paper audit trail(VVPAT) machines, which delayed the voting for the some time, the voting in Punjab and Goa passed off peacefully on Saturday.


The Goa recorded 83% turnout in the assembly elections polling on Saturday, a slight higher than the 82.2% in 2012. The contituencies, where the contest was triangular, witnessed the very high polling. The 15% polling recorded in the first two hours of voting which has began at 7 a.m. in Goa.

The important early voters on Saturday were the Defence Minister and former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who casted his vote in Panaji, while the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar voted in his coastal constituency of Mandrem, minutes after the voting started. The Elvis Gomes, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief ministerial candidate, also casted his vote.

In Punjab nearly 78.62 percent voters casted their votes on Saturday in the assembly polls. This percentage is slightly higher than the turnout, which had recorded 78.20 percent, in the 2012 assembly polls.

Although the voting percentage in Pubjab is less than the 85%, which has projected by the Election Commission for the contest between the Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party combine and the first time contestent Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).

A triangular contest, between the ruling SAD-BJP coalition locked into contest with the Congress and AAP, witnessed for the first time in the Punjab. The key points of the election are the Drug menace, farmer suicides, Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege incidents and the unemployment.

The Mansa in the Malwa region, which had become a focal point of the growth of AAP in the Punjab, recorded the maximum polling of 85 percentage. The AAP who is fighting for the time outside Delhi where it had won with a overwhelming majority and therefore all eyes will be on the AAP to see if it can defeat the two major national parties.

Usually the high turnouts are associated with a vote for the change, but the Punjab upended that last theory by returning the SAD-BJP alliance to power. This time, voters emerging from polling booths across the state said that they had voted for the "change" in the Punjab.

All the three contestants, the SAD-BJP combile, Congress and the AAP are claiming for their success after the high vote turnouts.

Now the people have voted for the change, the all eyes will be on the result...

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