After much delay, the notification from the Directorate of Panchayats on the reservation of constituencies for the Zilla Panchayat (ZP) elections was finally submitted by the government to the State Election Commission (SEC) on Thursday evening.
SEC Commissioner R K Srivastava confirmed that at 4.40 pm the notification was received by his office duly signed by the Panchayat Secretary.
“I believe some confusion has been going on since yesterday. In fact, we don’t receive any file and we are not supposed to receive any file from anywhere. The Commission awaits only the government’s notification regarding reservation of constituencies that was awaited and this reservation of constituencies, I have received at around 4.40 pm today,” Srivastava said speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’.
It may be noted that Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho had on Wednesday reportedly said that “the file pertaining to fixing of dates and reservations for Zilla Panchayat elections was sent to SEC.”
Srivastava said that the Commission will soon announce the schedule for the ZP polls in 50 Zilla Panchayat constituencies – 25 in each district of the state. The polls are set to be held on March 22, 2020.
“We are working on the schedule and we will let you know. Now the ball is in our court and we will finalise the schedule,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress Legislature Party leader Digambar Kamat, interacting with media after the CLP meeting, said that the legislature wing of the party has recommended to Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar to rethink on contesting the ZP polls on party lines.
“MLAs of the party are of the opinion that we
shouldn’t fight the ZP polls on party lines and instead support the independent candidates, who are aspiring to contest the elections,” Kamat said adding that the government was trying to do ‘match fixing’ by ‘manipulating and delaying’ the reservations of the constituencies.
Chodankar, who has already announced that Congress would field its candidates in 40 ZP constituencies, was quick to react and said that the recommendation of the CLP would be discussed in the executive meeting before taking the final call.