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Large Voter Turnout Spells Democracy Win in Punjab and Goa

February 4, 2017

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Punjab Assembly Elections 2017

Punjab Assembly elections were held today for 117 seats in a single phase. The results is due to be announced on 11 March 2017.

This elections is unique for being a three-way contest between Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – BJP Alliance; Indian National Congress (INC); and AAP.

Major issues which will determine poll outcomes: High unemployment rate, drug abuse, rising crime, desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib, water sharing dispute with Haryana, and demonetization.

SAD-BJP alliance is facing strong anti-incumbency after being in power for 10 years, while AAP has emerged as a party spoiler with no clear picture emerging on how it will perform or eat in vote share for both SAD-BJP and INC.

2017 Poll Summary

Total Assembly Seats 117
Total Districts 22
Type of Constituencies and Number of seats General 83 SC 34 ST 0
Total Number of Polling Stations 22600
Total Number of Electors 19214236
Major parties in Fray SAD, INC, AAP, BJP

 

Sl No. Candidates being fielded No.
1 INC 116
2 AAP 112
3 BSP 110
4 SAD 94
5 BJP 23
Total 455

Voter Turnout on 4 February 2017

It is disappointing that there was an overall drop in voter turnout compared to 2012 Assembly elections. In some constituencies the electronic voting machines (EVM) were reported to malfunction. In one of the constituency, an SAD Sarpanch was reported to have fired at an INC party member.

Voting percentage in 2012 – 2017 and the Difference

Sl No. District 2012 2017 Difference
1 Pathankot 74.63% 75.00% 0.37%
2 Gurdaspur 76.95% 64.00% -12.95%
3 Amritsar 71.86% 61.00% -10.86%
4 Taran Taran 79.57% 64.00% -15.57%
5 Kapurthala 78.96% 64.00% -14.96%
6 Jalandhar 75.57% 66.00% -9.57%
7 Hoshiarpur 75.20% 62.00% -13.20%
8 Nawan Shahr 79.35% 68.00% -11.35%
9 SAS Nagar 75.78% 63.00% -12.78%
10 Ropar  77.46% 67.00% -10.46%
11 Fatehgarh Sahib 81.89% 78.00% -6.11%
12 Ludhiana 75.98% 67.00% -8.98%
13 Ferozepur 83.30% 71.00% -12.30%
14 Moga 80.55% 73.00% -7.55%
15 Fazilka  83.48% 76.00% -7.48%
16 Muktsar  85.20% 74.00% -11.20%
17 Faridkot 84.11% 73.00% -11.11%
18 Bhatinda 82.65% 73.00% -9.65%
19 Mansa  84.36% 72.00% -12.36%
20 Sangrur  84.54% 75.00% -9.54%
21 Barnala  81.84% 70.00% -11.84%
22 Patiala  78.48% 73.00% -5.48%
Entire state 78.57% 68.00% -10.57%

 

Snapshot of Punjab Assembly Elections 2012

Total Number of Polling Stations 19724
Seats contested Seats won Vote share
SAD 94 56 34.73%
INC 117 46 40.09%
BJP 23 12 7.18%
Independents 418 3 6.75%

Goa Assembly Elections 2017

Goa voter turnout has been an impressive 83% plus and was conducted without any major untoward incident being reported. North Goa had a higher voter turnout with a record 84% turning up to exercise their franchise while South Goa had a 81.5%. The overall high percentage of turnout reflects high awareness of people regarding issues that concern them and the fact that the state election commission has been very active in creating awareness among people.

Voting was peaceful with people turning up early to vote. Some places did report a few EVMs not functioning but mostly the election process went off without any major incident. However, one 78-year old person died while waiting to vote and voting was cancelled in one booth at Margao.

In 2012 Assembly elections voter turnout was reported at 81.73%. In 2012, BJP won in alliance with MGP, however, in 2017 the party is fighting it alone.

Tri-corner fight this time

With ex-Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar away from state politics, the party is facing anti-incumbency with INC likely to benefit the most. It remains to be seen how MGP and GVP eat into vote shares for the two main contending parties – BJP and INC. AAP is likely to emerge as the party spoiler and may just come out as the dark horse. Defence Minister Parrikar has hinted at going back to Goa to strengthen the party there but will await the poll outcome.

Major issues in the state remain jobs, water sharing dispute with neighbouring states, state liquor policy and illegal activities involving drug and alcohol abuse.

Total Assembly Seats 40 Reserved for SC 1
Total Number of Polling Stations 1642
Total Number of Electors 1085271 Men 1.05 crore Women 94 lakh
Major Parties in fray BJP, INC, GVP, MGP, Shiv Sena

 

Sl No. Candidates being fielded No.
1 AAP 39
2 INC 37
3 BJP 36
4 MGP 25
5 NCP 17
6 GVP 5
7 Shiv Sena 3
8 Others 89
Total 251

 

Snapshot of Goa Assembly Elections 2012

Total Number of Polling Stations 1612
Seats contested Seats won Vote share
BJP 28 21 34.68%
Mahtrashtrawadi Gomantak Party 7 3 6.72%
Indian National Congress 34 9 30.78%
Goa Vikas Party 9 2 3.50%
Independents 72 5 16.67%

 

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