Sunday, April 19, 2009

Goa Lok Sabha elections : Delimitation blues

The South Goa parliamentary constituency is the larger of the two constituencies in Goa and has recently undergone a more demographic change subsequent to the delimitation process for the two constituencies. The Lok sabha polls in Goa on the 23rd of April will therefore be the first time that the elections will be held in delimited constituencies.

Both the north and the south Goa parliamentary constituencies of Panaji and Mormugao have 20 assembly segments each. However the south Goa constituency is bigger of the two by over 50,000 voters. From among the total voters aggregating to 10,18,068 in the state of Goa, the Mormugao parliamentary constituency has 5,32,057 voters as against 4,86,637 voters in the North Goa ( Panaji) constituency.

male voters in Mormugao account for over 2,66,870 in number while that of female voters is around 2,64,561. There are also 626 service voters including 424 males and 202 females. The largest number of service voters is in the Vasco da gama segment which has 365 voters followed by Dabolim which has 175 voters. Both these assembly constituencies are reflecting the presence of the defence establishments.

The above figures are astonishing since Priol constituency has been severed from Mormugao constituency and added to the North Goa constituency in the last delimitation process.Also part of Old Ponda constituency has been added to Valpoi assembly constituency which also falls in the North Goa parliamentary constituency.

The assembly wise aggregation towards the south Goa parliamentary seat is as follows. Three assembly constituencies from Ponda taluka, namely Ponda, Shiroda and Marcaim figure in the Mormugao parliamentary seat. From Mormugao taluka, Vasco-da-gama, Dabolim and Cortalim are a part of the south seat while eight assembly segments of Nuvem, Curtorim, Fatorda, Margao, Benaulim, Navelim, Cuncolim and Velim from Salcete taluka are in this parliamentary constituency.

Besides there are two assembly segments of Quepem and Curchorem from Quepem taluka and two others of Sanvordem and Sanguem from Sanguem taluka are attached to this constituency. There is only one assembly segment from Canacona taluka in the south Goa parliamentary constituency. Canacona is the largest assembly segment in this constituency with an electorate strength of 32,105 while Dabolim with 19,876 is the smallest assembly segment in South Goa.

Women outnumber their male counterparts in eight of the 20 assembly segments in South Goa seat namely in areas of Nuvem, Shiroda, Cuncolim, Velim, Curtorim, Benaulim and Sanguem.

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