Though entire Ponda taluka witnessed voting on Tuesday for the Lok Sabha polls, Shiroda saw more zeal mainly due to the by-poll. Shiroda constituency witnessed the highest turnout of 83.90 per cent for the South Goa Parliamentary seat as compared to other constituencies in Ponda.
Voter turnout for the Lok Sabha polls were Priol 78.15 per cent, Marcaim 76.25 per cent and Ponda 73.83 per cent.
It is interesting to note that the voter turnout for the Shiroda assembly polls was 82.99 per cent while the Lok Sabha polls it was 83.90 per cent.
According to information, a total of 24,037 people cast their votes for the Shiroda by-poll, out of whom 11,496 were males and 12,541 female voters. While for the Lok Sabha polls, a total of 24,299 people voted out of which 11,656 were males and 12,643 were female voters.
According to returning officer Kedar Naik, a difference in voting percentage for the by-polls and Lok Sabha polls are mainly due to some voters who stay in Shiroda but are originally from other parts of the state or voters from other parts of the state, who are deployed for election duty in Shiroda.
From the morning, voters from Shiroda came out in large numbers with the town witnessing a 29.16 per cent voting by 11 am. Later, by 1 pm 45.86 per cent voting was recorded and by 3 pm 61.91 per cent people cast their votes.
By 5 pm around 75.72 per cent voting was recorded in Shiroda, which went up to 83 per cent by 6 pm.
Polling for the Lok Sabha election and Shiroda by-election, which was held at 172 booths in Ponda taluka was largely peaceful.
Polling was stopped for some time at Magilwada in Priol as a voter entered into arguments over the identity proof required for polling.