Panaji: A total of 215 candidates, nine
of them women, are in the fray for 40 Assembly seats in Goa
which goes to the polls on March 3.
Election Commission officials said 62 nomination forms
were either rejected or withdrawn, leaving 215 candidates in
Today was the last day for withdrawal of nominations.
The highest number of candidates - 11 - are in Vasco
constituency, followed by Saligao (10) and Pernem-SC (9), as
per the data furnished by the Commission.
There are eight candidates each in Fatorda, Cuncolim
and St Cruz segments.
The Opposition BJP-MGP alliance has not fielded any
woman nominee although they are fighting on 39 seats. The
alliance, however, is supporting Independent woman candidate
Nirmala Sawant in Cumbharjua constituency.
The ruling Congress-NCP alliance, which is contesting
on all the 40 seats, has fielded three women.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which is
making electoral debut in the tiny coastal state, has two
women in its list of 20 nominees.