The Aam Aadmi Party is poised to win its second state, Punjab, while making little impact in Goa which is headed for a hung assembly in elections for which voting is on Saturday, a HuffPost-CVoter pre-poll survey has found.
Rasing the issue of fewer hours of voting in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal tweeted saying: "As per EC notification, polling time in Goa from 7 a.m.to 5 p.m. but in Punjab, it is from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m". Briefing the poll updates to the media, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that there had been a record turnout of 83% voters in Goa.
Now with Punjab Polls 2017 coming ahead on 4th of February, the single phase voting will be taken forward in various areas of the State. Another booth in the state was decorated in pink to encourage women to come out and vote.
"Until 5 p.m., Goa saw almost 83 per cent voting, which is the same as the 2012 elections".
The voting in Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by-election also taking place. Leslie Saldanha, who was waiting to cast his vote, collapsed, officials said.
Shortly before the polling was to end, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal "thanked Punjabis for peaceful polling and reposing faith in SAD-BJP alliance".
The AAP, which is making its electoral debut in Goa, also expressed confidence of wining the state assembly polls, with its Chief Ministerial candidate Elvis Gomes ruling out the possibility of a hung assembly. Election Commission of India (ECI) officials, after the closing of polls, said in a press conference: "For the first time, 100 percent use of electronically transmitted postal ballot system was conducted in Goa". North Goa witnessed 84 per cent voter turnout while South Goa registered 81.5 per cent polling till 5 pm as the fate of five former CMs, besides incumbent Laxmikant Parsekar, among others got sealed. The state which has 40 assembly seats for which 250 candidates contested, the BJP hopes to form a government again despite parting ways with former partner Maharashrtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) soon after elections were announced. Meanwhile, SAD-BJP is the current ruling party in the state of Punjab.
Among early voters were former Army chief Gen J.J. Singh (Patiala city) of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal (Badal village) of the Congress. The district voted for AAP contestant Bhagwant Mann in the General Elections.
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