A total of 215 candidates, including 10 women, remained in the electoral battle for 40 constituencies in Goa. Elections are scheduled for March 3 and the results will be declared on March 6. Though 317 candidates had filed nominations, the papers of 62 candidates were rejected and 40 candidates withdrew their candidature, leaving 215 in the final contest. This gives an average of over five candidates per constituency.
Straight fights will be seen in four constituencies-Sanquelim: Pratap Gauns (Congress) and Pramod Sawant (BJP); Poriem: Pratapsingh Rane (Congress) and Vishwajit K Rane (BJP); Marcaim: Ramkrishna Dhavalikar (MGP) and Ritesh Naik (Congress); Curchorem: Shyam Satardekar (Congress) and Nilesh Cabral (BJP).Only 10 ladies are in the fray.