The Directorate of Municipal Administration on February 4, 2021 issued the notification reserving various wards in these five civic bodies for the upcoming polls. The opposition party and the Goa Forward Party were among the nine petitioners in the case and had alleged that the reservation of wards was politically motivated and done without any logic.
The Bombay High Court (Goa Bench), after hearing the arguments, set aside the notification issued by the state government’s directorate of Municipal Administration reserving various wards in five out of 11 civic bodies where elections will be held later this month.
The court ordered the Goa government to reconduct the exercise of reservation of wards in the five Municipal Councils of Margao, Mormugao, Mapusa, Sanguem and Quepem. Further, the court also held that the election process in other Municipalities should continue as per the schedule announced by State Election Commission (SEC).