Panaji: Ahead of the panchayat elections, the Goa state election commission (SEC) said on Saturday that social media platforms would be monitored to check for violations pertaining to the model code of conduct. The body said that all candidates, government officials and ministers have to follow the code.
In a first, state election commissioner W V Ramanamurthy released the election logo for the election to 186 panchayats. He said that the logo is meant “to make them (voters) aware about the preciousness of their vote”. Also for the first time, the SEC has a live social media presence.
Ramanamurthy said the SEC has appointed general observers to monitor violations. The commission appealed to people to come out in large numbers to vote.
District election officer Jyoti Kumari also said that social media would be monitored. To keep check on the model code and violations, three teams have been constituted, including a flying squad, sector officers, and excise team.
A total of 5,038 are left in the fray, of which 64 have been elected unopposed. Bardez has the highest number of panch members who have been elected unopposed (13), followed by Salcete (11) and Sattari (11). Bardez also tops the list with the most number of candidates, 995, in the fray for the August 10 polls for 186 village panchayats. Villages in Salcete will see 863 candidates battling it out for a seat in the panchayat.
This is the first time that delimitation and reservation of wards has been conducted by the SEC in consultation with the state government. The SEC had said that adequate police presence will be deployed for smooth conduct of the election. Due to the increase in population, the number of wards has been increased by six.
Goa has 191 panchayats. Elections to the remaining five will be held before December.