Goa Municipal elections, panchayat by-polls to be held on March 20
Panaji, Goa: The elections for 11 municipal councils and Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) will be held on March 20, the State Election Commission announced on Monday.
State Election Commissioner C R Garg told ANI that the model Code of Conduct has been operational in the state from Monday (today) onwards and it will be limited to those areas where the polls will take place.
He said the elections would be conducted on March 20 between 8 am to 5 pm for 11 municipal councils and the CCP, wherein the people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 infection on that day will be allowed to vote between 4 pm to 5 pm. Garg said the similar practice of allowing the last one hour for voters diagnosed as COVID-19 positive was adapted during the recently-held Zilla Panchayat elections.
Detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be issued, which have to be observed by all stakeholders during the election. "I appeal all the public to observe all the guidelines so as to avoid any problem as far as COVID-19 infection is concerned," he said.
The SEC also said the by-election for Zilla Panchayat constituency of Navelim (South Goa), by-election for the award of Sankhalim Municipal Council, and by-elections for 22 wards of different village panchayats also would be held on March 20 along with municipal polls. Garg said the nominations for the election would be accepted between February 25 to March 4, 2021, and scrutiny of the applications would be held on March 6. The total number of 3,10,995 voters would be eligible to vote on March 20 in the elections for municipalities, the CCP, a Zilla Panchayat constituency, and 22 panchayat wards, he said.
The election would be held on March 20 and counting will be held on March 22.