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Goa polls: EC wary as only one-sixth of postal ballots returned so far

EC warned parties to refrain from pressuring or bribing govt servants to cast vote in their favour

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Goa polls: Officials wary as only one-sixth of postal ballots returned so far

With only one-sixth of the for Assembly polls being returned by voters so far, the state office has warned political parties to refrain from pressuring or servants to cast vote in their favour.

Goa's Additional Narayan Navati, in a press note issued on Thursday, said, "Allegations are made by several people, including representatives of political parties and candidates, servants who have been issued postal ballot papers have been pressurised by some of the candidates to cast vote in their favour."

He also said that strict action would be taken against those found guilty in this connection.

The office has also publicised its helpline and email address asking people to bring such instances to their notice as they want to protect the secrecy of voting.

Total 17,500 were dispatched to various servants engaged in duty and voters from who are serving in para-military forces outside the state.

"The Chief Electoral Office at has received only 3,300 postal ballots, which makes for hardly one-sixth of the total chunk," a senior official said.

The officials are wary as the rate of being returned to their office is not picking up, though the polling was held on February 4 for the 40-member state Legislative Assembly.

"The had convened a special meeting on February 15 cautioning the representatives of political parties about the rumours that candidates are approaching the holders of and such officials for casting in their favour, undermining secrecy and purity of voting," Navati said.

"The representatives of political parties were instructed to bring such instances to the notice of the chief electoral office. It was emphasised that giving and taking bribe is punishable," he said.

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Goa polls: EC wary as only one-sixth of postal ballots returned so far

EC warned parties to refrain from pressuring or bribing govt servants to cast vote in their favour

Election office warned parties to refrain from pressuring or bribing govt servants to cast vote in their favour
With only one-sixth of the for Assembly polls being returned by voters so far, the state office has warned political parties to refrain from pressuring or servants to cast vote in their favour.

Goa's Additional Narayan Navati, in a press note issued on Thursday, said, "Allegations are made by several people, including representatives of political parties and candidates, servants who have been issued postal ballot papers have been pressurised by some of the candidates to cast vote in their favour."

He also said that strict action would be taken against those found guilty in this connection.

The office has also publicised its helpline and email address asking people to bring such instances to their notice as they want to protect the secrecy of voting.

Total 17,500 were dispatched to various servants engaged in duty and voters from who are serving in para-military forces outside the state.

"The Chief Electoral Office at has received only 3,300 postal ballots, which makes for hardly one-sixth of the total chunk," a senior official said.

The officials are wary as the rate of being returned to their office is not picking up, though the polling was held on February 4 for the 40-member state Legislative Assembly.

"The had convened a special meeting on February 15 cautioning the representatives of political parties about the rumours that candidates are approaching the holders of and such officials for casting in their favour, undermining secrecy and purity of voting," Navati said.

"The representatives of political parties were instructed to bring such instances to the notice of the chief electoral office. It was emphasised that giving and taking bribe is punishable," he said.
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Goa polls: EC wary as only one-sixth of postal ballots returned so far

EC warned parties to refrain from pressuring or bribing govt servants to cast vote in their favour

With only one-sixth of the for Assembly polls being returned by voters so far, the state office has warned political parties to refrain from pressuring or servants to cast vote in their favour.

Goa's Additional Narayan Navati, in a press note issued on Thursday, said, "Allegations are made by several people, including representatives of political parties and candidates, servants who have been issued postal ballot papers have been pressurised by some of the candidates to cast vote in their favour."

He also said that strict action would be taken against those found guilty in this connection.

The office has also publicised its helpline and email address asking people to bring such instances to their notice as they want to protect the secrecy of voting.

Total 17,500 were dispatched to various servants engaged in duty and voters from who are serving in para-military forces outside the state.

"The Chief Electoral Office at has received only 3,300 postal ballots, which makes for hardly one-sixth of the total chunk," a senior official said.

The officials are wary as the rate of being returned to their office is not picking up, though the polling was held on February 4 for the 40-member state Legislative Assembly.

"The had convened a special meeting on February 15 cautioning the representatives of political parties about the rumours that candidates are approaching the holders of and such officials for casting in their favour, undermining secrecy and purity of voting," Navati said.

"The representatives of political parties were instructed to bring such instances to the notice of the chief electoral office. It was emphasised that giving and taking bribe is punishable," he said.

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