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Kerala polls live: 65% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm; Chandy, Vijayan confident of victory

At sharp 7 am on Monday, polling got underway across Kerala to elect 140 new legislators to the 14th Kerala Legislative Assembly.

Harsh Pareek May 16, 2016 17:12:02 IST
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Kerala polls live: 65% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm; Chandy, Vijayan confident of victory

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May 16, 2016 - 17:16 (IST)

65% voter turnout till 5 pm

May 16, 2016 - 15:18 (IST)

57.54 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm 

An estimated 57.54 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 3 PM in the elections to 140 Assembly constituencies in Kerala as polling steadily picked up pace with three hours left for the close.


The politically sensitive northern district of Kannur continued to be on top with 62.12 per cent voting, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.


The state capital Thiruvananthapuram recorded the lowest of 44.93 per cent till 3 pm, it said. 

After a slow start with 12.11 per cent till 9 am, the percentage picked up later in the day and touched 43.88 per cent at 1 pm.


Polling to decide the fate of 1,203 candidates in the fray was peaceful across the state so far, police said.

Tight security has been put in place across the state with the deployment of about 52,000 police personnel besides central forces.

PTI

May 16, 2016 - 13:41 (IST)

44% voters turnout recorded till 1 pm

Picking up momentum, 43.88 percent voting was recorded in Kerala up to 1 PM today in the 140 assembly constituencies.

 
Kannur, a politically sensitive northern district, recorded the highest turnout of 47.61 percent. Thiruvananthapuram saw the lowest of 36.14 percent in the first six hours after the polling began at 7 AM, election officials said.
   
 
Polling was peaceful across the state so far, police said. Tight security has been put in place with deployment of about 52,000 police personnel from state police forces.
 
PTI

May 16, 2016 - 13:40 (IST)

Chandy, Vijayan confident of victory   

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today expressed confidence that the Cong-led UDF would ride back to power, while CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member and
Left Front's chief ministerial aspirant Pinarayi Vijayan claimed there was an "LDF wave" in the state. 

The two leaders were among the early voters in the state.

Leader of the opposition in the assembly VS Achutanandan, who is contesting from Malampuzha in Palakkad district, visited various booths in his constituency this morning. "We are expecting good results." he said.

​Talking to reporters, Chandy refused to predict the number of seats the Front would win. "I am not predicting the number of seats we will win, but UDF will get good majority. There was lot of enthusiasm everywhere for UDF," he said. "If there is a continuation of UDF government, it is due to the result of the unity among its partners. If there is a setback, I am responsible for it as the Front Chairman," the Chief Minister said.

The BJP's performance will be "dismal", he said.

Vijayan, who cast his vote at Pinarayi in Kannur district, said for a prosperous 'Nava Kerala' (New Kerala), LDF will come to power.

PTI

May 16, 2016 - 12:53 (IST)

Over 28% polling till noon

Kerala witnessed brisk polling for the 140 Assembly constituencies with 28.46 per cent voting recorded till noon, reports PTI.

According to Election Commissioner officials in Thiruvananthapuram, Waynad registered 31.03 percent polling followed by Kannur and Alappuzha which registered 30 percent polling while Thiruvananthapuram district recorded the lowest with 23.10 percent.

A overall turnout of 36.4 percent has been reported by Times Now.

May 16, 2016 - 11:50 (IST)

Voting picks up, 30% polling till 11 a.m

Voting appears to be gradually picking up in Kerala. A turnout of 30 percent has been recorded till 11 a.m in the state, ANI reported.

May 16, 2016 - 11:43 (IST)

Man dies of cardiac arrest while waiting to vote in Perambra

Kozhikode: An elderly man died of cardiac arrest on Monday morning while waiting to cast his vote at a polling station in Perambra, about 38 kms from Kozhikode, police said.

Kunhu Abdullah Haji (70) who was standing in queue to exercise his franchise at a booth near C K G College in Perambra, suddenly collapsed,  Perambra police said. He was rushed to Perambra government hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

Polling started in the city and suburbs in a brisk note with many polling booths witnessing huge crowds amidst overcast condition.

PTI

May 16, 2016 - 11:37 (IST)

18.12% voting till 10 a.m

According to the most recent figures, 18.12 percent polling has been recorded in Kerala till 10 a.m, reported The Hindu

May 16, 2016 - 11:29 (IST)

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Thiruvananthapuram: Polling in 21,498 booths to elect representatives to the 140-member Kerala assembly, began at 7 am on Monday.

The 2.61 crore electorate will be choosing their representatives from the 1203 candidates, including 109 women, who are in the fray.

Kerala polls live 65 voter turnout recorded till 5 pm Chandy Vijayan confident of victory

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, IUML leader and Industries Minister PK Kunhalikutty, Kerala Congress (Mani) supremo and former Finance minister, KM Mani, 93-year-old VS Achuthanandan, CPI-M leader, Politburo member, Pinarayi Vijayan, BJP state president, Kummanam Rajasekharan and cricketer-turned politician Sreesanth are among those contesting.

Among the early voters were Pinarayi Vijayan, actor and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi and Congress MLA Sabarinath.

Even before polling began at 7 am, people had begun queueing up at various booths. Some parts of the state received
rain showers this morning.

At least 52,000 police personnel have been deployed across Kerala for the smooth conduct of the polls, with 3176 polling stations being identified as 'sensitive, critical and vulnerable', including 119 in naxal affected areas of four districts.

There are 21,498 regular polling stations and 148 auxiliary polling booths across the 140 assembly segments in the state.

The two-month long campaign saw ruling Congress-led UDF and CPI-M headed LDF engaging in a fierce battle, with BJP- NDA alliance also eyeing to open its account for the first time.

The coming of the BJP-led alliance in the polls is seen by political observers as an attempt to break the bipolar politics of the state, which has always chosen the rival fronts alternatively over the last several years.

The saffron party has tied up with Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), a newly floated party of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP), an organisation of the backward Ezhava community.

Of the 2.60 crore electorate, 1.35 crore are women voters and two belong to the third gender. This is the first time the third gender figures in the electoral rolls in the state.

Kerala polls live 65 voter turnout recorded till 5 pm Chandy Vijayan confident of victory

Several overseas voters, especially from north Kerala, have been coming to the state since the past few days to cast their franchise. The strength of the overseas electorate is 23,289.

Kerala voters from the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have also reached the state to exercise their franchise.

With inputs from agencies

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