Better employment opportunities, garbage cleanliness, lower food prices, quality roads top priorities; 99% voters feel candidates with criminal backgrounds should not be elected
PANJIM: The BJP-led coalition government in Goa has performed ‘poorly’ and ‘underwhelmingly’ on a majority of the top ten governance issues as rated by voters in a survey conducted by the national election watchdog – Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) towards the end of 2018.
Better employment opportunities, garbage cleanliness, lower food prices and quality roads are the top three priorities listed out by Goan voters in the Goa Survey Report 2018.
Interestingly, a large chunk of voters finds distribution of liquor, cash and gifts by candidates as very important while deciding whom to vote. At the same time 99 per cent voters feel that candidates with criminal backgrounds should not be elected to Parliament or state Assemblies.
ADR conducted one of the largest voters survey across the country ahead of ongoing general elections for Lok Sabha. In Goa, voters selected the ten most important governance issues out of the 31 issues listed by ADR. The survey covered approximately 1000 respondents across the two Parliamentary constituencies – North and South Goa.
As per the survey, better employment opportunities topped the list of voter’s priority with almost 65.92 per cent voting in its favour. This was followed by garbage cleanliness (44.78%), lower food prices for consumers (43.93%) as the top most priorities across urban and rural populations. Better roads and
road transport and quality drinking water are also on the list.
“The Goa Survey Report 2018 points to the fact that voters’ priorities in Goa have been neglected by the government in power. This is quite clear from the fact that government has performed poorly and underwhelmingly on the majority of the top ten governance issues as rated by the voters,” ADR said.
Further, interestingly, almost 11 per cent of the voters in the State feel that distribution of liquor, cash and gift to lure them is very important. Around 53 per cent voters find that the candidate is more important, while there are 51 percent listed the CM candidate or Minister candidate as important.
Also, 84 per cent voters claim that their own opinion matters the most while deciding the candidate rather than being from which party or what background.
Caste and religion is also considered as one of the important factor by almost 38 per cent voters, while deciding on their candidates.