Elections to 11 Municipal Councils in the State will be held on 31st October with the process of filing nominations commencing on 4th October. The last date for filing nominations is 11th October while they will be scrutinized on 12th October and withdrawals will be permitted up to 13th October.
The 11 civic bodies that will go to polls are Margao, Mormugao, Mapusa, Curchorem-Cacora, Quepem, Cuncolim, Canacona, Pernem, Bicholim, Sanguem and Valpoi. Elections to Sanquelim and Ponda Municipal councils will be held next year when their term expires along with that of the City Corporation of Panaji.
For the first time, more than 50 per cent seats are reserved for different categories like Women, ST Women, OBC Women, ST and OBC. While at Margao and Mormugao 55 per cent of the seats are reserved at Mapusa the reservation quota comes to 53.33 per cent. At all other places, the percentage of seats reserved is 50.
As expected charges and counter charges of manipulation while reserving wards for specific categories in order to help the ruling dispensation and mar the opposition’s charges were made in practically all the civic bodies.