5 municipal bodies go to polls today

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Over 1.85 lakh eligible voters will exercise their franchise using ballot papers to elect their representatives in 93 wards of five municipalities on Friday.

Election paraphernalia was dispatched from  distribution  centres on Thursday afternoon, which  reached the 124 polling stations in the five municipalities by late evening.

The polling will begin at 8 am and end at 5 pm. Votes will be  counted   on April

26, 2021. According to the data shared by the state election commission,   1,85,225 voters are eligible to cast their votes for the elections to the five municipalities  – Mapusa, Margao, Mormugao, Quepem and Sanguem.

Also, by-polls to two wards of two village panchayats will  be held on Friday. A total of 627 voters are eligible to cast their votes for the by-election to ward II of the Karapur-Sarvan village panchayat and 372 voters for the by-poll  to ward IV of the Velim panchayat.

COVID patients will be allowed to vote at the last hour of the polling  day by adhering to the guidelines laid down by the concerned authorities.

There are 18 sensitive booths under the ambit  of the Mormugao municipality. However, there are no sensitive booths in the jurisdiction of the other municipalities. 

Political pundits have opined that voter turnout could be low, although  the SEC has put in place specific COVID protocols.

As per the final list of candidates released by the state poll panel, 81 candidates are in the fray in 20 wards of the Mapusa civic body; 125 candidates are contesting the polls in 25 wards of the Mormugao municipality, while 98 candidates are  fighting the electoral battle in 25 wards of the Margao municipality.

Fifty-five candidates are contesting the elections to 13 wards of the Quepem municipality and 43 nominees are slugging it out in 10 wards of the Sanguem civic body.

Five aspirants are in the fray for the by-election to ward II of the village panchayat of Karapur-Sarvan in Bicholim taluka, and two candidates are trying their luck in the by-poll  to ward IV of village panchayat of Velim in Salcete taluka.

The BJP, the Congress and the Goa Forward Party have put up their panels.

They have also extended their support to individuals in the elections.