The State Election Commission (SEC) is all set to announce the elections to the 5 municipalities of Mapusa, Sanguem, Margao, Quepem and Mormugao tomorrow.
According to sources the elections will be held on April 26.
The Apex Court on March 4 stayed the High Court order to allow elections in the municipal councils of Margao, Mormugao, Mapusa, Sanguem and Quepem and the State Election Commission had accordingly already issued a notification, rescheduling the polling in the five municipal councils on March 21, besides the elections due in 11 other municipal councils on March 20 which the High Court had allowed to continue.
The elections were challenged on the ground that the State Election Commission had failed to reserve seats for women as mandatory. Posted before the Apex Court were a dozen petitions, filed by the parties as also the State Election Commission.
Besides the Goa government, five others – Fauziya Imtiaz Shaikh, Ronaldo Fernandes, Manuel Colaco, Michael Carrasco and Gaurav Madkaikar – had also filed petitions challenging the State government’s attempt to get the High Court order quashed.