Counting of votes on May 7
PANJIM/PONDA: The 15-ward Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) elections on Sunday recorded a total voter turnout of 76.43 per cent.
The counting of votes will be held on May 7.
As per the information revealed by the State Election Commission (SEC), the municipal area has a total number of 15,975 voters of which 12,209 exercised their franchise. The male voters, who exercise their franchise were 6,148, while the female voters were 6,061.
The elections were held on non-party lines, even as the candidates were backed by ruling BJP and MGP. Though they share a coalition government at the State level, for the municipal election, both the parties battled against each other.
Around 74 candidates are in fray. The highest turnout was reported in Ward No 14, with 82.75 per cent voters casting their vote. This was followed by Ward No 10 (82.36 per cent) and Ward No 8 (80.69 per cent ). The lowest turnout was reported in Ward No 12 (68.33 per cent).
Till noon the voter turnout was around 20-35 percent but in later in the day the polling picked up
The polling percentage in other wards was Ward 1 (77.55 %), Ward 2 (74.81%), Ward 3 (74.46 %), Ward 4 (77.69 %), Ward 5 (74.67%), Ward 6 (78.32%), Ward 7 (77.31 %), Ward 9 (71.89 %), Ward 11 (79.58 %), , Ward 13 (73.81 %) and Ward 15 (73.93 %).
Verbal clashes took place between Congress panel supporter Ravi Naik and MGP panel head Dr Ketan Bhatikar at Panditwada when they arrived to check the voter turnout in the ward.
However, there were no complaints registered.