The municipal councils of Margao, Mormugao, Pernem, Bicholim, Sanguem, Canacona, Quepem, Valpoi, Mapusa, Cuncolim and Curchorem Cacora go to polls today whereby the fate of the 594 candidates will be decided by the 2,26,281 voters.
Following the fight between Jose Philip D’Souza and Micky Pacheco 19 polling booths in Mormugao have been declared sensitive, and two elections observers have been posted in this area.
Meanwhile the District Magistrate for South Goa imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code around 100 polling booths in the district.
On Saturday evening supporters of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat led by Theo Bonamis and Panchayat Minister Babu Azgaonkar’s supporters led by his brother Rajendra nearly had an altercation near Cine Lata area which is infamous for prostitution besides being dominated by migrants.
Except for the fight at Vasco between Jose Philip and Micky, the run up for the elections has been by and large peaceful.
In Margao, although Digambar Kamat initially maintained that he would not get involved in these elections, in the last few days he has identified candidates backed by him by canvassing for them by either contacting party workers or attending their public meetings.