MARGAO: Goa Forward Party (GFP) has demanded that the counting of votes of the elections to six municipal councils and Corporation of the City of Panaji as well as other bypolls of March 20 be held along with the counting of votes for those of five municipal bodies that will now be rescheduled.
Addressing reporters on Friday, vice-president of GFP Durgadas Kamat demanded that the newly-appointed state election commissioner (SEC) ensures that he “upholds the Constitution of India and the true spirit of democracy” by taking steps to ensure that the counting of votes for all these polls and bypolls are held together.
He said that “all options, including moving the court, are open” for the GFP if the SEC fails to heed their demand.
“If need be, the SEC may seek proper advice from the Election Commission of India and save himself from embarrassment (if the matter is taken to the court),” Kamat said.
GFP president Vijai Sardesai, Kamat said, has already met with the SEC and placed the demand before him.
“We would like to appeal to the SEC not to be a puppet of this government. All options are open before us if the SEC behaves as an agent of the state government,” Kamat said.
Two petitioners in the case filed before the high court regarding the matter – Rumaldo Fernanades and Fouziya Shaikh – have already submitted a petition to the SEC over the demand, it was informed.
Sardesai had earlier said that announcing the results of six municipal councils and the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) will have a “bandwagon effect” on the trend of voting in the rest of the five elections which, he said, won’t go well with the spirit of polling.