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Mirroring America: Why a fight has broken out over postal ballots for 2022 Goa Assembly polls

Goa voted on February 14, but postal ballots are permitted up to the morning of counting on March 10 for government servants on election duty and services personnel. The Congress has accused the BJP of using the long gap to get details of these voters and pressure them cast their ballots in its favour

February 28, 2022 / 04:26 PM IST
Given the multi-cornered fight for the small voter base in each Assembly seat in Goa, these postal ballots can prove critical in deciding the winner. (Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels)

Given the multi-cornered fight for the small voter base in each Assembly seat in Goa, these postal ballots can prove critical in deciding the winner. (Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels)

In Goa's multi-cornered, closely fought 2022 Assembly election, postal ballots have become a bone of contention, setting off a spate of complaints over interference and influence in the casting of such votes.

Goa went to polls in a single phase on February 14, but postal ballots are permitted up to the morning of counting on March 10 for personnel from the services and government servants on election duty.

Why postal ballots matter

It is unclear how many of these voters have applied for postal ballots for this year’s poll. In  the 2017 assembly election, 13,390 postal ballots were counted, amounting to an average of 334 votes per constituency across 40 segments.