Voting for the Mapusa by-poll was held peacefully on Tuesday with a good voter turnout of 77.52 per cent. Out of 29,212 voters, 22,644 cast their votes to decide the fate of seven candidates who are in the fray.
As per data provided by the returning officer’s office, the highest voting was recorded in booth no 1 of Government Primary School, near Datta Mandir, Cunchelim, Mapusa (North wing) which was around 85.69 per cent while the lowest voter turnout was in booth no 14 at Gundu Sitaram Amonkar Vidya Mandir, Feira Alto, Mapusa (auditorium room) which was around 63.22 per cent.
Despite being a public holiday, long queues were seen in the morning outside the polling stations as around 14.80 per cent voters cast their vote in the first two hours. At around 11 am, the percentage went up to 31.19 per cent and by lunch time, it was around 48.21 per cent. Later in the second half, voters came out in large numbers taking the percentage to 62.68 by 5 pm.
A bar owner was caught for possession of liquor bottles which he was allegedly distributing outside a polling station in Morod. Acting on information, a flying squad rushed to the spot and apprehended the bar owner who is allegedly a close associate of a national party candidate. During search of his two-wheeler, two liquor bottles were found and he was detained and handed over to the Mapusa police for further investigation.
However, PI Kapil Nayak said, “The flying squad had reported an incident of a man found with liquor bottles outside a polling station. After conducting an inquiry, it was revealed that the liquor bottles were meant for self consumption.”
Meanwhile, polling for Lok Sabha election in Mapusa, Siolim, Tivim and Aldona constituencies witnessed good response from voters.
Early morning, queues were witnessed at few places. Later it picked up pace in the mid-afternoon session between 11 am to 3 pm as long queues comprising of women was witnessed at various places. No untoward incident was reported in Siolim, Tivim and Aldona constituencies.