PANAJI: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has said that candidates who emerged victorious in the Goa State Assembly elections won by an average of 41 percent of the total votes polled.
“All the winners of the Goa State Assembly Elections, 2022 won with an average of 34% of the total registered voters. This implies that the winners represent, on average, 34% of the total electorate. In the Goa State Assembly Elections, 2017 also won by an average of 39% of the total registered voters,” the ADR said
ADR said that among the significant Parties, out of 20 winners of the BJP, 10(50%) have won less than 35% of votes of the total registered voters in the constituency. 6(55%) out of 11 winners from INC; 1(50%) out of 2 winners from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak; 1(100%) winner from Revolutionary Goans Party; 2(100%) winners from AAP; 3(100%) Independent winners have won with less than 35 % of votes of the total registered voters in the constituency.
“10 winners have won with a margin of victory of fewer than 1000 votes.Four winners have won with more than a 30% margin of victory. 12 out of 16 winners with declared criminal cases have won against a runner-up with a clean background. Among these 12 winners, five winners have won with more than a 10% margin of victory. Digambar Kamat (INC) from Margao Constituency won with a 34% margin of victory,” ADR said.
The association, in their report, mentioned that out of 17 re-elected winners, none have won, with less than 29% of vote share in their respective constituencies. 4(24%) have won with more than 50% of the vote share, while 11(65%) re-elected winners have won with less than 10% margin of victory, whereas three have won with more than 30% margin of victory.
Meanwhile, ADR informed that the NOTA button instated by the ECI in 2013 gave the voters an option of rejecting all the candidates in their constituency. Out of 9 50,445 votes polled in Goa Assembly, 2022, 10,629 (1.12%) were polled for NOTA.