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Goa election: Early declaration of candidates to be an advantage, says AAP spokesperson

News Agencies | First published: 31 October 2016, 16:16 IST
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The Aam Admi Party (AAP) is looking to capitalise on early declaration of its candidates on most of the Assembly seats in poll-bound Goa while other political parties are still busy keeping their nominees under wraps.

AAP has already announced 15 candidates out of 40 constituencies in three different phases with the fourth list expected to be announced this week.

"It is naturally an advantage for the party when candidates are known to the voters much in advance. The voters get time to interact with the candidate and know him. There are a lot of questions that are in the minds of voters that they can ask the candidates," AAP Goa spokesman Rupesh Shinkre said.

The party organisation had begun door-to-door visits in the state which is now being taken ahead by the candidates in the fray, he said.

"Now people know who is their candidate. With the announcement of list in advance, the candidate gets enough time. We have completed 60-70 per cent door to door in almost all the constituencies," he said.

AAP was the first party to formally launch its campaign in Goa with a mega public rally addressed by party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal in May this year. The list which has been announced till date has two women candidates -- architect-turned-politician Royla Fernandes and renowned dance cheoreographer Cecille Rodrigues.

Royla is contesting from politically-sensitive Benaulim constituency in South Goa, while Cecille is in the fray from Taleigao constituency, a fiefdom of former minister Atanasio Monserratte.

 
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