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Assembly elections Live: 34% voting in Goa till 11, EVM glitches cause delay in…

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, as the Congress and the AAP are vying to dethrone the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) combine that has been in power since March 2007.

In Goa, 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:

11.35am: Goa registers an impressive 34% turnout till 11am. 35% of voters participated so far in North Goa and 32% in south. Overall, the percentage of both men and women voting is the same at 17 each.

11:25am: Despite the cold wave across the Majha region, voter turnout was high from the start of the day. The region comprising four districts, from Pathankot to Tarn Taran and in between Gurdaspur and Amritsar, has 25 assembly seats and there are 252 candidates in the fray.

Majha will matter the most for the SAD that is saddled with 10 years of anti-incumbency, coupled with uprising of sorts in its citadel, the Malwa.

Poll %age 10 A.M in Mansa dstt.
Mansa: 13%
Budhlada: 16%
Sardulgarh: 9%
Dist average 12.67%@HTPunjab

— Mohammad Ghazali (@ghazalimohammad)
February 4, 2017

11:15am: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, along with his mother Avtar Kaur, cast their votes at polling booth no.23 in Jalandhar.

He tells ANI that whoever wins in Punjab, he hopes that they put the state’s welfare ahead of party affiliations.

11:00am: Voter turnout rises to 13% in Punjab.

#PunjabPolls2017 State turnout now 13%, Nawanhsahr (SBS Nagar) and Moga districts lead with 17% || @htTweets pic.twitter.com/mNzx4V6Zoi

— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab)
February 4, 2017

10:55am: “We’ll have a bigger win than last year. Amarinder Singh is only drama and AAP is in 3rd position,” Shiromani Akali Dal’s Sukhbir Singh Badal tells ANI before casting his vote. Chief minister Prakash Singh Badal votes at a polling booth in Lambi.

“Amarinder Singh is dal-badlu (turncoat) .I have 70 years of experience and I’ve fought for Punjab and India, this is a small battle,” says the CM.

#PunjabPolls2017 CM Parkash Singh Badal casts vote, says, ‘I am the youngest politician in Punjab’. He is 89. @htTweets pic.twitter.com/KI6TSDma9m

— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab)
February 4, 2017

10:50am: Punjab records an overall voter turnout of 12% till 10.30 am.

10:15am: “Goa and Punjab will create history today,” Kejriwal tweeted shortly after polling began. “All people must go out and vote. Also take along people from your ‘pind’ (village) for voting. And vote for honest politics,” he said in another tweet.

A rejection by the voters here will be a severe setback to the political startup which nurtures an expansion plan beyond Delhi. Read more here.

10:00am: Punjab has recorded overall polling percentage of 10% of the total 1.98 crore voters till 10 am, PTI reports. The early voters in the state includes General JJ Singh (Red) of SAD, Pargat Singh of Congress, Sucha Singh Chhotepur of Apna Punjab Party (APP), and Bhagwant Mann, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and Sukhpal SIngh Kahiara of AAP.

Slow start: 6% voting till 9 am in Ludhiana. Some upset over not being allowed to take phones inside booths. #[email protected] pic.twitter.com/0zZDj4etXy

— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab)
February 4, 2017

9:50am: First-time voters given teddy bears in Goa. 40 ‘all-women’ managed polling stations have been set up by the Election Commission. 11.10 lakh voters will decide the fate of 251 candidates, including 19 women in Goa. A total of 32,354 first-time voters are registered to cast ballot in Saturday’s state assembly polls, reports IANS.

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(Nida Khan/Hindustan Times) (Nida Khan/Hindustan Times)

And roses were given to the first ten voters by Fazilka police.

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9:40am: “The environment is charged and very positive, we are confident of a win,” says Captain Amarinder Singh’s wife, Preneet Kaur.

AAP’s Gurpreet Ghuggi casts his vote at a polling station in Bathinda, says voting is our right and must be exercised.

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9:30am: North Goa has recorded a voting percentage of 16%, while South Goa recorded 14% with an overall turnout of 15%, as of 9 am, reports ANI.

9:15am: Meanwhile, polling gets well underway in Goa. Over 11 lakh Goans are eligible to vote across 1,642 polling booths for the 40 seats in the coastal state. Read more here.

#PunjabPolls:7% polling in Jalandhar till 9 am, rush at polling booths @HTPunjab @htTweets @vinayak_ramesh @yadav_yojana

— Ravinder Vasudeva (@RaviVasudeva)
February 4, 2017

The technical snag in voting machines has been fixed in one of the booths under Jalandhar Central constituency in Punjab. There was a delay of half an hour.

8:40am: ANI reports that polling at booth no.124-125 in Amritsar began 40 minutes late due to a glitch in EVM machine. In Mohali, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Bhagwant Mann argues with polling officials over the malfunctioning machines.

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8:30am: Technical issues with Electronic Voting Machines in Mohali keep voters waiting. Polling delayed at Jalandhar too.

Voter’s waiting for their turn after technical problem in EVM mechines in Mohali Punjab @HTPunjab @htTweets @aarishc @vinayak_ramesh pic.twitter.com/0za4CgMf6a

— Ravi kumar (@Raviclik)
February 4, 2017

8:25am: Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar casts his vote at a polling booth in North Goa’s Arambol. “We will win with complete and comfortable majority, will continue development work and most importantly job creation,” he tells ANI.

8:05am: Gen JJ Singh (Retd), the Shiromani Akali Dal candidate standing against Congress’s Amarinder Singh in Patiala Urban constituency, casts his vote.

“He loves challenges. In Arunachal Pradesh also he wanted a challenging area,” says wife of Gen JJ Singh (retd) on him contesting against Congress’ Amarinder Singh.

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8:00am: Voting begins in 117 constituencies in Punjab, 1145 candidates to contest. The Election Commission has put in place elaborate security arrangements across 22,600 polling stations where voting will end at 5pm.

It is for the first time that Punjab’s politics is witnessing a three-horse race that officially began on January 4 after the EC announced a single-phase election for the 117 assembly seats in this border state. Read more here.

7:40 am: Candidates seek blessings at Amritsar’s Golden Temple, as voters wait for polling to begin at 8am.

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At polling booth no.123-124 at SD College in Pathankot (Twitter/@ANI_News)

7:30am: “Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last years turnout of 84% and BJP will win with two-thirds majority,” Parrikar tells ANI after casting his vote in Panaji. The 2012 state assembly polls in Goa recorded a highest-ever voting percentage in the state with 82.2%, IANS reports.

BJP’s campaign involved several national leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP party president Amit Shah addressing public meetings to rally support for the candidates.

Read | Goa election: A lot at stake for BJP, AAP in this multi-cornered fight

7:15am: Defence minister Manohar Parrikar stands in line at a polling booth in Panaji to cast his vote.

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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.

Young voters hold special significance, according to the Election Commission, with 27% of Punjab’s total voters and 23% in Goa fall in the age group of 18-30, PTI reports.

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7:00am: Security deployed outside polling station in Goa’s Panaji; voters queue up at polling station to cast their vote.

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

Over 8,000 additional paramilitary personnel, in addition to the state police, have been despatched to the 1,642 polling stations across the state and other locations to maintain law and order, IANS reports.

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(With agency inputs)

Source: HindustanTimes