Panaji: Goa State Election Commission on Saturday
decided to postpone counting of votes to be polled on Sunday in
elections to corporation of city of Panaji (CCP), to Monday
fearing law and order issues in the state capital.
State Election Commissioner Dr M Modassir said that
Director General of Police Bhimsen Bassi personally requested
to postpone the counting from March 13 evening to March 14
morning at 10.00 am.
The Commission had decided to conduct counting on March
13 evening soon after the polls on the same day at Goa college
of Pharmacy in Panaji.
Elections for 30 wards of CCP will be held through
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) tomorrow and results were
expected to be out within half an hour of the counting.
BJP, Congress minister Atanasio Monserratte and NCP
backed panels are contesting this election, which is fought on
various civic issues.
Goa police have already rounded up notorious people in
the area as preventive measures ahead of the polls.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Deu Benaulikar
said that 17 history sheeters were called to the police
station and warned ahead of the polls.