Panaji, Feb 14: The polling for single-phase Goa Assembly elections has kick-started at 7 am today.
As many as 11,56,464 voters will decide the fate of 301 candidates contesting in 40 Assembly constituencies in the state.
The main parties in the polls include the ruling BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), NCP, and the Revolutionary Goans (RGP), among others.
The BJP is contesting in all 40 state seats for the first time, while the Congress has fielded 37 candidates. The AAP, Trinamool, MGP have fielded 39, 26, 13 candidates respectively.
The BJP and the AAP are going to the polls on their own, while the Congress has tied up with the Goa Forward Party. Similarly, the MGP is contesting the elections in alliance with the TMC.
The BJP is looking to form the government in the coastal state for the third time as the party has been in power in Goa since 2012.
As many as 20,000 personnel have been deployed and other adequate steps have been taken to ensure free, fair, and peaceful voting, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Goa.