Filing of nominations begins today
PANJIM: With the notification for February 4 Assembly elections to be issued on Wednesday, the process of filing nominations also begins. Elections to the 40 Assembly constituencies will be held on February 4 with counting on March 11. Nominations will be accepted before the returning officers in the respective constituencies. The main political parties, the ruling BJP and opposition Congress, are yet to announce their candidates, with both parties expected to do so on Wednesday. The last date for filing nominations is January 18, scrutiny of nominations will be held on January 19 and withdrawals will take place on January 21.
PANJIM: The state Human Rights Commission has issued showcause notices to the Chief Secretary and Chief Electoral Officer seeking reply to an issue regarding single mothers as teachers being posted on poll duty. The notices returnable on January 18 come following a complaint filed by activist Satish Sonak requesting exempting single parent women teachers from election duties. Sonak sought the commission’s intervention in the matter while also seeking details on whether the State has allotted election duties to single women parent in the teaching faculty. The State is going to the polls on February 4. “There is inaction on the part of the respondents (State of Goa and Chief Electoral Officer) to announce necessary guidelines and this inaction is certainly likely to repeat in future, if the commission does not intervene in the matter to give necessary advise and humanistic directions to the respondents,” the petition states. Sonak stated there are no exceptional circumstances as to why single women parents, teachers should be made to be compulsorily posted for poll duty.
Raut takes a dig at Parrikar
PANJIM: Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday took a dig at the defence minister by saying that Manohar Parrikar was very busy in Goa polls instead of doing his job in protecting the Indian territory. “He is the Defence Minister of the country and his major job is to protect the country's territory and just not distributing tickets to candidates by attending meetings and sitting in the BJP office,” Raut said after the formal alliance of MGP-GSM-Shiv Sena was announced. Raut said, “Every time there is an attack on the army base, Parrikar is always here in Goa and not at the spot. The prime minister should take cognizance of this seriously.”
Hawk eye over outstation vehicles
PANJIM: In a bid to prevent possible flow of money into the poll-bound State, the Chief Electoral Office (CEO) has posted 21 static surveillance teams across the State and interstate borders to check the vehicles with special focus on the non-Goa registered automobiles entering Goa. CEO Kunal told Herald that their teams are keeping strict vigil at the areas to ensure money power is not misused during the poll period.
Tiatrist Wilson Marzello quits Su-Raj
MARGAO: Tiatrist Wilson Mazarello has quit from the Goa Su-Raj Party and has decided to contest independent from Velim constituency. He announced his resignation at a press briefing at Margao. Wilson alleged that he had joined the party thinking that it is a democratic party and was working for the betterment of the people.