Low turnout at Saligao zilla panchayat poll

The voting for the zilla panchayat (ZP) byelection to the Saligao constituency ended peacefully with a low voting percentage of 39.09 % being recorded.

Compared to the previous ZP election which registered a voting percentage of 84%, the voting turnout this time has drastically gone down.

"The election was held peacefully with the voting turnout of 39. 09 %," said Sabaji Shetye, the poll returning officer and Bardez deputy collector.

Shetye told TOI that the total electorate for the constituency was 17,393 out of which 6,799 voters exercised their franchise. The male and female voters were almost balanced with male voters at 3,460 and female voters at 3,339.

The election is being fought between BJP-supported Prakash Naik, independent Ongus Menezes and Harishchandra Sirsat. The seat fell vacant after former Saligao ZP member Michael Lobo successfully contested the assembly elections from Calangute and won in March this year.

The Saligao ZP constituency comprises of five villages Guirim, Sangolda, Parra, Arpora and Saligao. [TOI]