Even as the State Election Commission announced that the elections to the Municipal Corporation of the City of Panjim will be held on 13th March, the Nationalist Congress Party stated that it will field candidates in 15 of the 30 wards.
The State Election Commission has announced the following schedule for the polls: Filing of nomination: From 14th February to 21st February between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm except for 20th February being a Sunday. Scrutiny of nominations: 22nd and 23rd February from 11:00 am onwards, Last date of withdrawal: 25th February from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Allotment of symbols and list of candidates: 26th February.
Elections will be held on Sunday 13th March from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Electronic Voting Machines will be used.
Counting of votes will be taken up from 8:00 am onwards on 13th March at Government Pharmacy College Panjim.
This is the first time that the State Election Commission will be declaring the results on the same day as polling and in order to avoid huge crowds gathering at the counting centre, giant screens will be erected at Miramar and KTC bus stand to announce the results as and when they are declared at the counting centre.
While the deposit for candidates in the general category is Rs 2,000 for those contesting in reserved wards it is Rs 1,000 and the maximum expenditure a candidate can incur even though this well wishers is pegged at Rs 75,000.
NCP to contest 15 seats: Meanwhile NCP General Secretary Avinash Bhonsle announced that his party will field candidates in 15 of the 30 wards but refused to give any more details stating that the names of the candidates will be revealed only as and when they file their nomination papers.
Babush Monserrate has already announced his 30 candidates after revising the initial list of candidates declared by him. The Bharatiya Janata Party on the other hand, has announced candidates in 25 wards stating that the balance five candidates would be declared shortly.