Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure smooth polling, Deputy Election Commissioners -- Umesh Sinha and Sandeep Saxena -- told a joint press conference here after the polling. The final polling figures were likely to be revised after details come in, they said. The poll watchdog said this time they had paid special attention to the seizure of liquor and drugs. Rs 13-crore worth liquor, about Rs 8-crore worth drugs and narcotics besides more than Rs 26-crore worth gold were seized in Punjab.
Moreover, Rs 58.02-crore in cash was also seized. The polling in Goa, which started at 0700 hrs, concluded at 1700 hrs. There are 1,642 polling booths across the state. There are 251 candidates contesting the elections, out of which 232 are male. There are 11.08-lakh registered voters entitled to exercise their franchise. In Punjab, there are about two-crore voters -- precisely 1,98,79069 -- where 1,145 candidates, including a third gender and 81 women, are in the fray. There are over six-lakh first time voters. (UNI)