Panchayat polls in Pernem on Dec 9


 The elections to the three village panchayats of Pernem taluka will be held on December 9. These panchayats are Hasapur-Chandel, Halarane-Talarne and Kasarvarnem.
The elections to 185 of the 189 village panchayats in Goa were held on May 16, however the elections were not held at these three panchayats as their term had not concluded.
There are 47 candidates in the fray, which include 24 male and 23 female contestants. Sources informed that many of the sitting panch members have decided not to contest and in many wards, new faces are contesting. Most of the panchayats in the taluka have the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party. [NT]