PANAJI: With Goa recording a voting percentage of 78.70 per cent for the Panchayat elections, the fate of 5038 candidates will be decided tomorrow.
The polling was held at 1,566 booths at 1,049 locations from 8 am to 5 pm; the final hour, which was 4 pm to 5 pm, was dedicated to Covid-19 patients.
North Goa reported 81.45 %, while South Goa had 76.13 % voter turnout.
The elections for ward no 9 of Khobra Wado (Calangute) were held today after yesterday’s voting was suspended due to an error in printing of names and candidate symbols.
A total of 64 candidates have been elected unopposed from different village panchayats, of which 41 were from North Goa and 23 from South Goa.
North Goa district has 97 panchayats, with 2,667 candidates in the fray, while 2,371 will contest polls for 89 panchayats in South Goa.
A total of 8,27,099 voters were eligible to cast their votes, including 4,01,725 male voters and 4,25,372 female voters, along with two belonging to the third gender.
The highest voting of 89.30 per cent has been recorded in Sattari Taluka, while the lowest was 68.33 per cent in Salcete taluka.
However, SEC informed that a total of 6,26,496 people voted for the elections, of which 2,99,707 were male voters and 3,26,788 were female voters.
Nine hundred fifty-five candidates contested in Bardez, the most among all the 12 talukas. Salcete had 863, Ponda had 601 and Tiswadi 583.The panchayats in Pernem had 450 candidates, while 380 contested for a seat in the panchayats of Bicholim. Sattari had 259, Quepem 240, Mormugao 219, Canacona 169, Sanguem 156 and 123 in Dharbandora.
The State Election Commission (SEC) had reserved 21 seats (1.37 per cent) for Schedule Castes, 187 seats (12.32 per cent) for Schedule Tribes and 307 (20.10 per cent) for Other Backward Classes.