Daman and Diu vote Wednesday

Daman and Diu vote Wednesday

Union territories on India's west coast - Daman and Diu  will Wednesday elect their lone representatives to the Lok Sabha. The parliamentary constituency of Daman and Diu, where more than half of the electorate are women, has four candidates in the fray.

Daman was a Portuguese enclave for four and a half centuries till the end of colonial rule in 1961. A small port in the Gulf of Khambhat, it is divided by the Damanganga river into Nani Daman (or Little Daman) in the north and Moti Daman (or Big Daman) in the south. Diu, an island spread over 38.8 square km, is located near the Arabian Sea coast. It was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and an important post and naval base from where the rulers controlled the shipping routes in the Arabian Sea in the 14-16th centuries.

Polling will be held at 119 polling stations April 30. A total of 1,02,260 voters - of whom 51.71 percent are women - are eligible to exercise their democratic right.

In the 2009 general election, Lalubhai Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won from the seat.

Patel, who is re-contesting, faces Ketan Dahyabhai Patel of the Congress, Bhavesh Patel of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Kessur Goan of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Polling will be held at 163 polling stations.

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