PANJIM: After almost 40 days of a violence-free campaign, over 11.35 lakh eligible voters will cast their votes on Tuesday, in Goa to elect their representatives to the Lok Sabha. Simultaneously, Goa will also hold by-polls for three Assembly constituencies – Mapusa, Mandrem and Shiroda. Counting of votes will be on May 23.
A month-long hectic election campaign ended on Sunday evening. The polling for all five seats will begin at 7am on Tuesday and end at 6pm. All government offices, including industrial establishments, will remain closed on Tuesday, to facilitate polling.
Election Commission officials said that elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls in the State.
A government communiqué states that adequate security arrangements have been made by Goa Police to man polling stations to ensure peaceful elections. Polling material, including EVMs have reached polling stations along with personnel on poll duty and police personnel, says the release.
CEO Kunal said, “During the model code of conduct (MCC) period, there were no much major complaints. Goa is largely a peaceful state for election conduct. There have not been many violations of the MCC,” Kunal said.
After successful implementation in 2017 State Assembly elections, the CEO said it will undertake 100 per cent webcasting at all 1652 polling stations. “All the sector officers’ vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs will be fitted with GPS tracking devices and their movement, right from the receipt of the machines till the deposition back, would be tracked,” Kunal said.
He said that decoration of all polling stations will be undertaken keeping in mind the concept of ‘Desh Ka Maha Tyohar, deshacho mahan sanostav’, traditional Goan festivity décor will be done. The interior ceiling will be decorated with colourful paper ribbons and exterior entrance with palm leaves, flower garlands. Colourful rangoli which reads welcome and other such eco-friendly decorations, conventionally used in Goan festivities by all communities, would be used.
“Use of thermocol shall be strictly prohibited,” Kunal said. There will be 40 model polling stations and women manned polling stations in the State. There are also polling stations which would be manned by persons with disability.
Considering the overwhelming response it received to SVEEP activities, CEO is targeting 80 percent electorate turnout this elections.
Under the MCC, no person is allowed to carry or use mobile phones, cordless phones, wireless sets within 100 metres of the polling stations and within the polling booth.