In a unique bid to encourage several first time female voters, who will cast their ballot in 40 selected polling booths in Goa, Pink teddy bears were distributed at the specially designed polling stations. The polling booths were decorated with pink balloons, pink table cloths, pink walls, while polling officials were also seen wearing pink clothes.

“The teddy bears were given to first time voters in 40 specially designed polling booths across Goa,” Chief Electoral Officer Kunal told IANS.

Over 1000 teddy bears have been ordered by the election officials here. A total of 32,354 first time voters are entitled to cast ballot in Saturday’s state assembly polls.

Meanwhile, nearly 34 per cent of the state’s electorate have cast their ballots in the Goa assembly polls which began on Saturday morning, election officials said.

75 yr old sets an example

A 75 year old woman has sets an example for many by casting her vote at the polling booth no.14 in Goa’s Margao area. Women are casting their votes at the pink booth in Margao.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the electorate to turnout in record numbers and cast their votes without fail.

“Urging people of Punjab & Goa to turnout in record numbers & vote in the Assembly elections. I particularly urge my young friends to vote,” he said in a tweet.