High turnout could differ results in constituencies
MARGAO: The huge turn out of voters in Congress stronghold of Salcete has thrown up questions whether the turn out would hit the heavyweights in the political arena over the decades.
The heavyweights, however, begged to differ. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the question whether the turn out would affect the ruling dispensation would depend from one constituency to another. “In Margao, I am confident that my victory margin would go up with the turn out”, he said. Kamat also attributed the heavy turn out to the role played by the Booth Level Officers and the compacting of electoral rolls.
While his opponents in Cuncolim say the people have come out to defeat the two-time sitting MLA, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao says the huge turn out will go in his favour. “People have come out to vote and support me for the development and the employment provided to the youth of the constituency”, he said.
In Nuvem, Goa Vikas Party Chief Mickky Pacheco says the turn out will go in his favour, saying the people are fed up with the performance of the sitting MLA. “With this turn out, I expect to win the seat by a margin of 3500 votes”, he said.
His arch rival and four-time MLA Alexio Sequeira, however, said that the turn out will help him regain the seat.
“After analyzing the polling trends, I am confidence the turn out will ensure my victory”, Alexio added.
In Fatorda, two-time sitting MLA Damu Naik said that people have come out in large numbers in his support. However, his arch rival Independent candidate Vijai Sardessai says that the turn out will go in his favour as it is a clear indication of the people coming out to vote for a change.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao says that the heavy turn out of voters would keep him in good stead, but his challenger Avertano Furtado asserted that thousands of voters came out for polling to bring about a change in the constituency.
PANJIM: The election to the 40-seat Goa State assembly was marred by minor incidents reported from some areas of the state and several instances of violation of code of conduct. March 3, also saw suspension of a police officer.