Of the 251 candidates on the ballot for the February 4 Assembly elections, 38 or 15 percent have declared they have criminal cases against them, 19 of them or 8 percent have serious criminal cases against them and two candidates have offences related to crimes against women.
The detailed data provided by the candidates while filing their nominations has been analysed and released by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Interestingly, St Andre constituency in North Goa has the highest number of candidates who have criminal background and all three are contesting as Independents.
The highest number of candidates with criminal cases are from the Congress. Of the 37 party candidates in the fray, nine have criminal cases of which six are serious criminal charges. An equal number of independent candidates also have a criminal background, whereas four of them facing serious criminal charges. 
Next in the list of candidates with a criminal background is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Of the 36 candidates that BJP has fielded, six face criminal charges and three of them are serious charges. 
Nationalist Congress Party has five of its 17 candidates facing criminal charges, with one of them having serious charges, whereas two of MGP’s 25 candidates face serious criminal charges. 
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has three candidates who have declared criminal cases against them, of the 39 candidates they are fielding. 
The familiar names in the list of criminal cases, as released by ADR, include Vinod Phadke, Atanasio Monserrate alias Babush, Jennifer Monserrate, Michael Lobo, Churchill Alemao, Digambar Kamat, Dilip Parulekar, Ramakant Borkar, Ramesh Tawadkar, Prakash Shankar Velip, Vasudev Gaonkar, Govind Gaude and Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco.
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