The last date to file papers is April 29; Scrutiny of applications will take place on April 30; Last date for withdrawal is May 2
PANJIM: The process to file nominations for May 19 Panjim by-election commenced on Monday with Election Commission of India (ECI) issuing a notification announcing the poll schedule.
The by-election, second in less than two years, was necessitated following the demise of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on March 17.
The last date for filing of nominations is April 29. The scrutiny of applications will take place on April 30 and the last date for withdrawal is May 2. Counting will take place on May 23.
The election process for the constituency has to be completed before May 27.
The Panjim Assembly segment has been BJP bastion for past two-and-half decades the time when Parrikar first got elected in 1994.
Both BJP and Congress, who are currently busy with Lok Sabha elections and by-polls in Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa, scheduled on Tuesday, will announce their candidate likely on April 24.
BJP is making efforts to retain the seat. The party is busy wooing Parrikar’s elder son Utpal to contest the polls, who was seen campaigning for LS polls.
However, there is divide within the party, as some section is backing candidature of Siddharth Kuncolienkar, former Panjim MLA, who had vacated his seat to make way for Parrikar in August 2017 by-elections. Kuncolienkar had contested Panjim election after Parrikar was elevated to Central government in November 2014.
On the other hand, Congress has inducted Atanasio Monserrate, who is set to be their candidate for the by-election. Monserrate had lost to Kuncolienkar in 2017 by a margin of thousand votes.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has fielded Valmiki Naik, while Goa Suraksha Manch has also announced its decision to contest the polls.