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.