While high-voltage campaigning and polling for the Goa assembly election concluded, people across the country are now looking forward to the day when the counting finally takes place to decide the fate of the state. However, before the actual counting takes place and results are announced, television channels are all set to forecast the exit polls based on a survey to give an idea of who might come into the power.
It must be noted that election commission had prohibited any exit polls to be forecasted before 8th March and that it would have been only allowed to do so after 5:30 PM of 9 March. As the state went to polls on February 4 in 40 seats, Goa recorded a voter turnout of 83%.
In Goa, about 11.10 lakh voters have sealed the fate of 251 candidates including 19 women. About 32,000 young voters have exercised their franchise for the first time and women voters outnumbered men this time. Out of 11.10 Lakh voters, more than 8 lakh voters cast their vote in the state. Five states went to polls -Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Punjab. The polling began with Punjab and Goa on February 4 and was followed by the first phase polling in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur.
Even though it is quite unclear how accurate the exit polls will be, the ruling BJP is pretty confident about returning to power. However, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have also affirmed that they would beat BJP and come to power in Goa after hectic campaigning.
Some of the intial poll-survey has claimed that BJP will win at least 22 seats.22 seats
Here are the numbers predicted for Goa as per India TV-C voter exit polls.
BJP – 15-21
Cong – 12-18
AAP – 0-4
— CVoter India (@CvoterIndia) March 9, 2017
India Today-My Axis survey
BJP – 23 – 27 seats
Congress-12 to 14 seats.
AAP – 0-2