Voting for the single-phase polls in two states – Goa and Punjab – has started, in the first round of the staggered legislative assembly elections that will go on for over a month.
Punjab is all set for a for the 117 assembly seats, with the Congress vying with the AAP to dethrone the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine that has been in power since March 2007.
Nearly 2 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,145 candidates in 117 constituencies. Voting will take place across 22,600 polling stations under the vigil of 36,000 paramilitary troopers and over 60,000 Punjab Police personnel.
Over 11 lakh Goans are eligible to vote across 1,642 polling booths for the 40 seats in the coastal state.
As many as 251 candidates – from the BJP, Congress and new entrant, Aam Aadmi Party, along with the recently-formed alliance of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, the Goa Suraksha Manch and the Shiv Sena – will in the 40 constituencies.
Results will be declared on March 11.
Below are the live updates:
7:15am: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar stands in line at a polling booth in Panaji to cast his vote.
7:05am: “Urging people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the assembly elections. I particularly urge my young friends to vote,” tweets PM Narendra Modi
7:00am: Security deployed outside polling station in Goa’s Panaji; voters queue up at polling station to cast their vote. The people of Goa would cast their votes to elect the 40-member legislative assembly, from a total of 251 candidates.
Security deployed outside polling station in Goa’s Panaji; voters queue up at polling station to cast their vote #GoaPolls pic.twitter.com/uM1Elm98uD— ANI (@ANI_news)February 4, 2017
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