PANAJI: A total of 345 candidates filed their nomination papers for the 50 seats of Zilla Panchayats (ZPs), which go to polls on March 22.
As many as 168 candidates filed their nominations on Thursday, which was the last day to file nomination papers.
The scrutiny of all the nomination papers will be held before the respective returning officers. Since most of the political parties have fielded dummy candidates, the exact number of candidates would be known only after scrutiny.
The withdrawal of nominations will be allowed on Saturday, March 7.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded a maximum of 42 candidates while Congress is contesting 34 seats followed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 21, M G Party 18 and NCP six seats.
Also, 131 candidates including few rebels have filed their nominations as independent candidates.
The BJP on Thursday denied ticket to Kavita Kandolkar, wife of former Tivim MLA Kiran Kandolkar and nominated Ganesh Kubal as the party candidate from Colvale constituency. However, Kavita resigned from BJP and filed her nomination as an independent candidate.
On the other hand, BJP received shot in the arm when its candidate Adv Anita Thorat was all set to be declared elected unopposed from Sancoale ZP constituency as no other candidate filed their nominations.
Another BJP member Bhavesh Zamabaulikar too quit the party after he was denied the ticket and filed his nomination as independent candidates in Rivona constituency in South Goa. In Corlim constituency in North Goa, former sarpanch and Congress office-bearer Gorakhanth Kerkar quit the party and entered the fray as AAP candidate.