Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, ‘Metroman’ Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, ‘Metroman’ Sreedharan loses in Palakkad [ad_1]

The ruling Left Democratic Front is all set to win a historic consecutive second time period in the 2021 Assembly elections, main in 87 of 140 seats. The United Democratic Front, opposite to expectations, is but to enhance considerably upon their 2016 efficiency. The National Democratic Alliance stands as a third entrance that would make inroads.

 

Here are the newest updates from Kerala. For reside updates on outcomes of the opposite elections, comply with Assam | Puducherry | Tamil Nadu | West Bengal. For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Assam | Kerala| Puducherry| Tamil Nadu | West Bengal.

 

5.05 p.m.

LDF’s Ok. Kunhammad wins in Kuttiyadi

LDF candidate Ok. Kunhammad has relished success in Kuttiyadi meeting constituency with a skinny victory margin of 333 votes in opposition to sitting MLA and UDF candidate Parakkal Abdulla. Mr. Kunhammad gained 80,143 votes after a shut battle with the sitting MLA. Mr. Kunhammad who secured 79810 votes.

It was one of many key constituencies in Kerala the place the Left Democratic Front took under consideration the emotions of floor degree social gathering employees for shortlisting essentially the most eligible candidates.

The sacrifice made by Kerala Congress (M) by giving up its allotted seat for the Communist Party of India (Marxist) nominee was additionally discovered contributing to the LDF’s victory.

LDF campaigners had been very assured to stage a comeback in the constituency with the candidature of Ok. Kunhammad, a seasoned politician who had earlier proved his mettle as an approachable chief and Kozhikode District panchayat president. According to LDF campaigners, their final time period defeat was simply a slip between cup and the lip.     

In the final election, Kuttiyadi- the erstwhile Meppayur constituency- was a shocker for the LDF because it failed to beat the UDF’s problem. With a skinny victory margin of 1157 votes, UDF candidate Parakkal Abdulla was trouncing LDF opponent Ok.Ok. Lathika. It was the tip of a 25-year lengthy unquestioned LDF dominance throughout the constituency.

4.45 p.m.

CPI (M)’s V. Sivankutty makes large positive factors in Nemom

CPI(M)'s V.Sivankutty celebrates his lead in Nemom, May 2, 2021

CPI(M)’s V.Sivankutty celebrates his lead in Nemom, May 2, 2021
 
| Photo Credit: S. Mahinsha

 

The Bharatiya Janata Party has misplaced its sole seat in the Kerala meeting with CPI(M)’s V. Sivankutty gaining an unassailable lead of over 5000 votes over BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan. Congress chief Ok.Muraleedharan, who had a much-hyped marketing campaign launch, turned up a distant third.

 

Reacting to mediapersons after sealing his victory, Mr.Sivankutty mentioned that the Left victory is a solution to BJP’s electoral marketing campaign declare that it’ll flip Nemom into Kerala’s Gujarat.

 

“During the campaign, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that the LDF will close BJP’s account in Kerala. We have now implemented that promise. This victory is a result of the developmental and welfare measures by the LDF Government over the past five years, even amid calamities. Muraleedharan should resign from his MP post if he has any respect for democracy,” mentioned Mr.Sivankutty.

 

The outcome at Nemom in 2016, when BJP’s O.Rajagopal gained by a margin of 8,671 votes over Mr.Sivankutty had led to heated debates owing primarily to the erosion in the United Democratic Front (UDF)’s voteshare. The Congress, which had gained the constituency with 60,884 votes in 2006 had given the seat to UDF ally Janata Dal (United), whose candidate V.Surendran Pillai might win solely 13,860 votes in 2016, main the left to accuse the UDF of handing over the constituency in a platter to the BJP. However, by fielding a heavyweight like Ok.Muraleedharan, the Congress sought to counter such accusations this time.

 

Though Muralidharan was anticipated to result in a change in the UDF’s fortunes this time, he has been trailing on the third place proper from the preliminary phases of counting.

 

In Chelakkara, Ok Radhakrishnan of CPI (M) has gained, beating Congress’s C Sreekumar by a margin of 39,400.

In Devikulam, CPI (M)’s A Raja has defeated Congress’s D Kumar.

Kozhikode South – Winner Ahmad Devarkovil of Indian National League.

Vadakara – Winner KK Rema of Revolutionary Party of India (Marxist)

4.15 p.m.

Shafi Parambil wins Palakkad, dashes ‘Metroman’ Sreedharan’s BJP hopes

United Democratic Front (UDF)’s incumbent Shafi Parambil dashed the hopes of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to wrest Palakkad constituency by Metroman E. Sreedharan.

Mr. Sreedharan had gained lead over Mr. Shafi and Left Democratic Front (LDF)’s C.P. Pramod in the preliminary hours of counting, giving cheers to the BJP camps. His lead even went as much as 7,000 at one time.

When Mr. Sreedharan had acquired his lead primarily from Palakkad Municipality, the place the BJP is in energy, Mr. Shafi started to make positive factors when the counting moved over to neighbouring panchayats.

 

4.15 p.m.

Oomen Chandy, Ramesh Chennithala say defeat was sudden

Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy mentioned the United Democratic Front’s defeat on the hustings was sudden.

However, triumph and defeat had been twins, and he handled them equally. The UDF revered the desire of the folks.

When pressed that his lead in Puthupally had dwindled considerably, Mr. Chandy mentioned his lead was lesser when he contested the Assembly for the primary time from his dwelling turf 50 years again.

 

4.10 p.m.

LDF set to wrest Aroor constituency

After an preliminary seesaw battle, Left Democratic Front is set to wrest the Aroor Assembly constituency in Alappuzha from the United Democratic Front. When 10 rounds of counting had been accomplished, Daleema Jojo of the CPI (M) prolonged lead over her nearest rival and sitting MLA Shanimol Usman by 3,921 votes.

4 p.m.

UDF main in key constituencies in Ernakulam

The United Democratic Front was main in Aluva, Angamaly and Perumbavoor constituencies in Ernakulam district as counting of votes entered the ultimate stage.

Congress candidates Anwar Sadath has virtually ensured his hat-trick win in the battle for Aluva constituency. He was main by 12,084 votes in opposition to Shelna Nishad of the Left Democratic Front on the finish of the eighth spherical of counting. Mr. Sadath had gained the election in 2016 by a margin of 18,835 votes. A standard citadel of the Congress, Aluva had bucked anti-incumbency and electoral swings to face agency with the Congress for lengthy.

Eldhose Kunnappilly was main Perumbavoor by a margin of 1,767 votes in opposition to Babu Joseph of the Left entrance. He had gained the constituency in 2016 by a margin of seven,088 votes.

Roji M. John was main in Angamaly by a margin of seven,897 votes in opposition to Jose Thettayil of the Janata Dal (S). Mr. John, former nationwide president of the National Students’ Union of India, had gained the seat in 2016 after he defeated Benny Moonjely of the Janata Dal (S) by a margin of 9, 184 votes.

The United Democratic Front had loved an edge over the Left entrance in the electoral historical past of Angamaly over the past five-and-a-half-decades. The UDF had additionally gained the elections held for the Angamaly municipality in December.

3.55 p.m.

LDF extends profitable streak in Central Travancore

Riding on the momentum it gained through the latest native physique elections, the Left Democratic Front has prolonged its profitable streak in Central Travancore with the CPI(M) led coalition virtually confirming  victory in ten out of the 14 seats throughout Kottayam and Pathanamthitta.

 

With simply the counting of postal ballots to be accomplished, the coalition has confirmed victory in the meeting segments of Changanassery, Ettumanur, Vaikom , Poonjar and Kanjirappally in Kottayam. In Pathanamthitta, the coalition has taken unassailable leads in 4 out of the 5 seats and is locked in a neck and neck battle with the UDF in Ranni.

In Pala, nevertheless, it has suffered a main set again with the Kerala Congress (M) chairman Jose Ok Mani struggling a shock defeat by the hands of the sitting legislator Mani C Kappan. In the three remaining meeting seats of Kaduthuruthy, Kottayam and Puthuppally, the UDF candidates gained with out a lot fuss.

Significantly, the coalition has additionally succeeded in bringing down the lead of the senior Congress chief Ooommen Chandy in Puthupally to 8504 votes from 27092 votes this time. Mons Joseph, who gained  Kaduthuruthy by a margin of 42256 votes in 2016, too witnessed a sharp fall in his lead place to 3692 votes.

During the earlier meeting elections, the LDF had gained simply two seats (Vaikom and Ettumanur) in Kottayam and 4 in Pathanamthitta. Despite struggling its worst-ever drubbing in the parliament elections in 2019, the coalition went on to win two extra meeting segments -Pala and Konni, in the bypolls later that yr.

3.30 p.m.

LDF keep lead at Vypen, Kochi

LDF candidate in Kochi constituency K. J. Maxy celebrates his lead with party workers, May 2, 2021

LDF candidate in Kochi constituency Ok. J. Maxy celebrates his lead with social gathering employees, May 2, 2021
 
| Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

 

The Left Democratic Front candidates proceed to take care of their lead in Vypen and Kochi constituencies whereas the United Democratic Front cling on to a slender lead in Tripunithura constituency.

LDF candidates Ok.J. Maxy and Ok.N. Unnikrishnan have run up a lead of 9499 and 7216 votes respectively whereas UDF candidate Ok. Babu has a slender lead of 635 in Tripunithura.

All three constituencies had returned LDF candidates in the final election. Mr. Maxy has bagged 26,992 votes and Mr. Unnikrishann 42,179 votes. Mr. Babu had secured 24,663 votes.

BJP candidates have fared poorly in all three candidates. C.G. Rajagopal has managed solely 7,133 votes in Kochi,  Ok.S. Shaju 10,511 votes in Vypen, and Ok.S. Radhakrishnan has managed solely 12,422 votes in Tripunithura.

Twenty20 candidates Joby Chakalakal and Shiny Antony from Vypen and Kochi constituencies respectively managed solely 14,726 and 3773 votes.

3.15 p.m.

Pinarayi maintains wholesome lead at Dharmadom

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan continues to take care of a wholesome lead at Dharmadom with 41,872 votes, with Congress’s C. Raghunathan trailing with 24042 votes.

3.05 pm

Tight contest at Nilambur

In Nilambur, it’s a shut contest with LDF’s PV Anwar solely barely forward of Congress’s VV Prakash. Prakash, sadly, died of a coronary heart assault just lately. If Prakash polls essentially the most variety of votes, Nilambur should go to polls once more to elect an MLA by a by-election. If Prakash loses to Left Democratic Front (LDF)’s incumbent P.V. Anvar, then it is going to be a second time period in succession for Mr. Anvar.

2.50 p.m.

Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate G. Stephen is on the cusp of pulling off a main upset at Aruvikkara constituency, taking an virtually unassailable lead of 4400 votes in opposition to sitting MLA Ok.S.Sabarinathan of the United Democratic Front (UDF).

Stephen, who grew up in social gathering places of work after being orphaned at a younger age, has labored his method up from the grass roots, and was earlier elected as the pinnacle of a panchayat in addition to a block panchayat.

 

UDF candidate and former Minister M.Ok. Muneer leads by 4756 votes in opposition to LDF supported impartial candidate and sitting MLA Karat Razak in Koduvally meeting constituency. When eight of the ten rounds of counting had been accomplished, Dr. Muneer secured 56968 votes. Mr. Razak is trailing behind with 52212 votes based on the newest Election Commission figures.

2.45 pm

 

A lone CPI (M) supporter celebrates LDF's big lead at the party headquarters, May 2, 2021

A lone CPI (M) supporter celebrates LDF’s large lead on the social gathering headquarters, May 2, 2021  
| Photo Credit: S. Mahinsha

 

P. Balachandran of the LDF seems poised to win Thrissur constituency with a majority of 1215 votes. UDF candidate Padmaja Venugopal is in second place and Suresh Gopi of the NDA in third place.

2.35 pm

Close battle in Tripunithura

The see-saw battle continues unabated in Tripunithura constituency with neither UDF nor LDF in a place to ensure victory.

When six out of the 15 rounds had been accomplished accounting for 61,864 of the 1,55,036 votes polled, UDF candidate Ok. Babu hangs on to a slender margin of 635 in opposition to his LDF rival M. Swaraj.

Mr. Babu has to this point polled 24,663 votes in opposition to 24,028 votes of M. Swaraj of LDF. Mr. Swaraj has solely managed a slender lead of 9 votes because the counting began after he managed to overtake the leads of 532, 1026 and 436 managed by Mr. Babu alongside the way in which.

Ok.S. Radhakrishnan of BJP languished in a distant third with simply 12,422 votes.

2.30 p.m.

Thavanur heading for photograph end

In a keenly fought contest, UDF candidate Firos Kunnamparambil maintained a skinny lead over former Minister for Higher Education Ok.T. Jaleel in Thavanur constituency.

As the counting entered the final section, Mr. Kunnamparambil had a lead of almost 1,000 votes over Mr. Jaleel.

Mr. Kunnamparambil maintained a slender lead over Mr. Jaleel from the start as your complete State considered the counting of votes in Thavanur with eagerness.

In the 2016 Assembly election, Mr. Jaleel had defeated UDF’s Ifthiqaruddin Master by 17,064 votes in Thavanur. In 2011, Mr. Jaleel had defeated UDF’s V.V. Prakash by 6,854 votes in Thavanur, a constituency made up of Purathur, Thriprangode, Mangalam, Edappal, Vattamkulam, Kalady, and Thavanur grama panchayats.

Mr. Jaleel had begun his victory streak by defeating Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) heavyweight P.Ok. Kunhalikutty in Kuttippuram by 8,781votes. That was the final election held in Kuttippuram constituency, which disappeared in the 2008 delimitation.

2.25 p.m.

EC orders FIR over celebratory congregations in anticipation of ballot victory

With the counting of votes underway, the Election Commission on Sunday mentioned it has taken a stern view of experiences of congregation of individuals to have a good time anticipated victory, and has requested the chief secretaries involved to file an FIR in every case and droop the police station in cost the place such gatherings occur.

Responding to queries about experiences of celebratory gatherings by supporters of political events, an EC spokesperson mentioned the ballot panel has taken a severe be aware of some experiences of congregations of individuals to have a good time anticipated victory.

 

2.10 pm

Witness Kerala’s victory at dwelling, reminds Health Minister

Health Minister Ok.Ok. Shailaja, who’s main in Mattannur constituency, has reminded voters to abide by COVID-19 protocol and to witness LDF’s victory from their houses.

Health Minister K.K. Shailaja has reminded people to adhere to COVID-19 protocol even as election results predict big win for ruling-LDF in Kerala

Health Minister Ok.Ok. Shailaja has reminded folks to stick to COVID-19 protocol at the same time as election outcomes predict large win for ruling-LDF in Kerala
 
| Photo Credit: Facebook/K.K. Shailaja

 

“Kerala won. Witness that win by staying inside your homes. I once again remind everyone not to forget COVID-19 protocols,” she wrote on Facebook.

She additionally congratulated everybody for main LDF to victory.

2 pm

M.M. Mani lauds his rival-and-friend after victory

A sportsperson-like camaraderie appeared to mark the electoral battle in Udumbumchola in the Idukki district.

Power Minister M.M. Mani claimed victory from the constituency for a second consecutive time period by over 27,900 votes. His major rival E.M. Augusthy had conceded defeat after developments confirmed an awesome benefit for Mr. Mani early on.

Mr. Augusthy additionally mentioned he would tonsure his head for a guess on the ballot end result.

Mr. Mani , nevertheless, wrote on Facebook: “I thank everybody. My friend E. M. August had put up a good fight. The situation in the constituency had reflected in the voting and not any personal failure of Mr. Augusthy. We would work together for the development of the constituency”.

1.50 pm

UDF firebrand leader V.T. Balram concedes defeat in Thrithala

In a keenly fought electoral battle between two young rival candidates in Thrithala, UDF’s incumbent V.T. Balram has conceded defeat to LDF’s M.B. Rajesh.

V.T. Balram

V.T. Balram
 
| Photo Credit: Spl

 

Mr. Balram, looking for a third time period from Thrithala, confronted a powerful problem in Thrithala because the CPI(M) fielded Mr. Rajesh in opposition to him. Mr. Balram, in a Facebook submit he posted even earlier than the counting was over, conceded defeat to his CPI(M) rival. “I humbly accept peoples’ verdict in Thrithala. Best wishes to the new government,” he wrote.

Mr. Rajesh was main by 2,571 votes in Thrithala.

Thrithala had captured huge consideration when the CPI(M) fielded its former Lok Sabha member Mr. Rajesh in opposition to Mr. Balram. For the CPI(M), which considers Mr. Balram as an ‘enemy of the party’, defeating him was a matter of status.

1.40 pm

Fortunes flicker for BJP in Nemom, Thrissur

BJP candidates Kummanam Rajasekharan and Suresh Gopi, who had been each initially main in their respective constituencies of Nemom and Thrissur, have dropped their results in CPI(M) opponents V.Sivankutty and P. Balachandran.

However, with razor-thin margins, the outcomes might very properly swing both method.

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The third spot in each these constituencies are occupied by Congress heavyweights Ok. Muraleedharan and Padmaja Venugopal, who’re, incidently, siblings.

1.30 pm

CPI(M) basic secretary says Kerala had reposed religion in LDF

CPI(M) basic secretary Sitaram Yechury mentioned that the folks of Kerala have reposed religion in LDF in an unprecedented method.

Kerala had set a mannequin for the remainder of the nation by successfully tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing growth and welfare concurrently, he mentioned.

He added that the State has a essential function to play in defending the constitutional values and upholding federalism. “I salute the people of Kerala”, he mentioned.

1.25 p.m.

Big positive factors for LDF’s Sachin Dev in Balussery

State Secretary of Student Federation of India and LDF candidate in Balussery constituency Ok.M. Sachin Dev scored a whopping victory over actor Dharmajan Bolgatty, the UDF candidate, at a margin of greater than 20,000 votes. 

As the counting of votes began, Mr.Bolgatty had maintained a slight lead in the start, however Mr.Sachin Dev quickly got here to the highest. He had a lead of round 8000 votes when the fourth spherical was accomplished and by sixth spherical, he had a lead of greater than 18,000 votes.

Sachin Dev had confirmed a bonus in the constituency a lot earlier than the polls, particularly since it’s the sitting seat of Purushan Kadalundi of CPI-M, who had gained rthe constituency in 2011 at a margin of 9,882 votes. He had elevated the margin to fifteen,464 votes in 2016. Sachin Dev has outdone each feats to retain the constituency this time. The social gathering had sturdy roots in the constituency identified for its socialist lineage.

Congress candidate Dharmajan Bolgatty had a number of hurdles earlier than him together with sturdy protest from native Congress employees in opposition to his candidature. His being a non-local had labored in opposition to him. Mr.Bolgatty’s reputation as a comic in Malayalam cinema had attracted a crowd in each assembly he attended. However, the gang appears to not have translated into votes.

Libin Bhaskar was the BJP candidate in the constituency.

1.20 p.m

LDF’s Ramakrishnan holds benefit in Perambra

LDF candidate and Minister for Excise and Labour T.P. Ramakrishnan is nearer to a sweeping victory in opposition to his UDF opponent and NRI businessman C.H. Ebrahim Kutty in Perambra meeting constituency.

When ten of the 11 rounds of counting had been accomplished by midday, Mr. Ramakrishnan attained a clear lead of 6,173 votes. He has to this point secured 43,201 votes.

Mr. Ebrahim is continuous in the second place with 37,028 votes.  Ok.V. Sudheer of BJP has to this point secured solely 5,926 votes.

For LDF, Perambra is certainly one of their sure seats contemplating the earlier victories and the entrance’s unbeatable maintain in all the ten grama panchayats beneath the constituency.  Since 1980, the voters has been sustaining its soft-corner for the Left.

In the 2016 elections, the victory margin of Mr. Ramakrishnan in opposition to KC (M) candidate Mohammed Iqbal was 4,101 votes. According to LDF campaigners, it might go excessive with the newest political tie-ups with KC(M).

1.15 p.m.

UDF anticipated to retain Piravom

United Democratic Front (UDF) is anticipated to retain Piravom Assembly constituency, one of many bastions of the UDF in Ernakulam district, going by the clear lead of 10,453 to this point maintained  by Anoop Jacob, Kerala Congress (Jacob) group chief and sitting member of the constituency over  Kerala Congress (M) candidate Sindhumol Jacob.

While Anoop Jacob secured 38,936, Sindhumol Jacob acquired 28,483 when the seventh spherical of counting was accomplished. M. Ashish, BJP Candidate, managed to safe 5,811 votes until now.

Mr.Anoop is constesting from the constituency for the third time. Mr. Anoop gained the 2016 Assembly elections by defeating CPI(M)’s M.J. Jacob by a margin of 6,195. While Mr. Anoop had secured 73,770 votes, Mr. Jacob acquired 67,575 votes. C.P. Sathyan, Bharath Darma Jana Sena, a constituent of NDA acquired 17,503. The elections noticed a  voter turnout of 72.46% in opposition to 80.38 % in the 2016 meeting elections. 

It seems to be a cakewalk for Anoop Jacob because the constituency is thought to be a fiefdom of T.M. Jacob, his late father who represented the constituency for 5 instances – in 1977, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2011.

1.10 p.m.

Former Minister Ok.T. Jaleel trailing in Thavanur

In a keenly fought contest, UDF candidate Firos Kunnamparambil established a lead over former Minister for Higher Education Ok.T. Jaleel in Thavanur constituency. When six rounds of counting had been over, Mr. Kunnamparambil had a lead of 1,557 votes over Mr. Jaleel.

Mr. Kunnamparambil maintained a slender lead over Mr. Jaleel from the start as your complete State considered the counting of votes in Thavanur with eagerness.

In the 2016 Assembly election, Mr. Jaleel had defeated UDF’s Ifthiqaruddin Master by 17,064 votes in Thavanur. In 2011, Mr. Jaleel had defeated UDF’s V.V. Prakash by 6,854 votes in Thavanur, a constituency made up of Purathur, Thriprangode, Mangalam, Edappal, Vattamkulam, Kalady, and Thavanur grama panchayats.

Mr. Jaleel had begun his victory streak by defeating Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) heavyweight P.Ok. Kunhalikutty in Kuttippuram by 8,781votes. That was the final election held in Kuttippuram constituency, which disappeared in the 2008 delimitation.

1.05 p.m.

Kovalam might change into sole refuge for UDF in Thiruvananthapuram district

As vote-counting inched in the direction of an finish in Thiruvananthapuram, Kovalam appeared poised to change into the only real refuge for the Congress-led UDF in the district.

At the tip of the fifth spherical, UDF candidate and incumbent MLA M. Vincent maintained a lead of two,424 votes in comparison with veteran Janata Dal (Secular) chief Neelalohithadasan Nadar, who represented the LDF.

While Dr. Nadar had banked on the LDF authorities initiatives for the coastal group, Mr. Vincent targeted his marketing campaign on the deep-sea fishing controversy that has additionally appeared to have an effect in Kollam’s Kundara constituency, the place Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma trailed behind P.C. Vishnunadh of the Congress.

1 p.m.

DYFI’s Mohammed Riyas leads

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) nationwide president P.A. Mohammed Riyas, who can also be the son-in-law of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, is main by over 12,000 votes over his nearest rival, KPCC basic secretary and Kozhikode Corporation councillor P.M. Niyas, in the Beypore meeting section in Kozhikode district.

He had entered the fray after a hiatus following his debacle in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. Mr. Riyas mentioned that he was assured of a win from the constituency because the voters historically voted for the Left Democratic Front right here.

12.55 pm

Ramesh Chennithala inching in the direction of victory from Haripad

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala of the Congress is inching in the direction of victory from the Haripad Assembly constituency. Mr. Chennithala is main by a margin of over 8,000 votes in opposition to his nearest rival R. Sajilal, one of many younger faces of CPI.

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Haripad voters has been loyal to Mr. Chennithala by the years. He had contested to the State Assembly from right here in 1982, 1987, 2011, and 2016, shedding not as soon as. In the 2016 election, he had gained by a margin of 18,621 votes.

12.40 pm

UDF  succumbs to the pink wave in Guruvayur

The present pattern in Guruvayur constituency signifies that the UDF won’t be able to outlive the pink wave that’s sweeping Thrissur district.

N.Ok. Akabar of the CPI(M) is main by over 7,000 votes in opposition to IUML candidate Ok.N.A. Khader in the constituency. IUML is an alliance companion of Congress-led UDF. IUML’s loss is not solely sudden — although as soon as thought-about an IUML bastion, the constituency has voted in an IUML chief solely as soon as since 1994.

However, because the lone seat allotted to IUML in Thrissur district, it was a prestigious seat for the social gathering. Home to a sizeable Muslim inhabitants, particularly in the coastal belt, each LDF and UDF normally subject Muslim candidates in the constituency.

Guruvayur drew eyeballs earlier this yr when the nomination paper of the NDA candidate was rejected throughout scrutiny. BJP had then backed Dileep Nair of the Democratic Social Justice Party, who’s now at a distant third spot.

12.30 pm

Eldhose Kunnappilly has a slender lead in Perumbavoor

Perumbavoor is witnessing an intense battle between Eldhose Kunnappilly of the UDF and Babu Joseph of LDF.

Mr. Kunnappilly had a slender lead of 900-odd votes in opposition to Mr. Joseph on the finish of third spherical of counting. He had gained the constituency in 2016 by a margin of over 7,000 votes.

T.P. Sindhumol of BJP has over 4,000 votes whereas Chitra Sukumaran of Twenty20 has bagged round 3,000 votes on the finish of third spherical of counting.

12.20 pm

Neck-and-Neck battle in Aroor

A neck-and-neck battle is underway between two girls candidates in the Aroor Assembly constituency in Alappuzha.

Shanimol Usman.

Sitting MLA and Congress candidate Shanimol Usman is main by a slender margin of 365 votes in opposition to her nearest rival Daleema Jojo of the CPI (M).

Aroor was thought-about a citadel of the LDF till the 2019 Assembly bypoll when UDF’s Ms. Usman gained the seat for the social gathering after a hole of 13 years. She defeated Manu C. Pulickal of CPI(M) by a margin of two,079 votes.

No political entrance was anticipating a cakewalk this time round.

12.10 pm

Attingal to stay with CPI(M)

Attingal constituency is anticipated to stay as a left citadel with the CPI(M)’s O.S.Ambika gaining a lead of over 5,000 votes over the United Democratic Front candidate A. Sreedharan of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) after three rounds of counting.

The CPI (M) has gained the previous three Assembly elections from the constituency.

12.05 pm

Pala — KC(M)’s misplaced citadel

Mani C. Kappen, a sitting legislator who knocked down the KC(M) fort in Pala through the 2019 by-election, is set to proceed his profitable streak.

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

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After 5 rounds of counting, he has assumed a lead of over 7,000 votes over the rival candidate and KC(M) chairman Jose Ok Mani. The Assembly section, represented by the KC(M) constantly for 54 years until 2019, swayed to the Left in the final by-election, due to Mr. Kappan.

That by-election proved to be a turning level. It resulted in a full reshuffle of the State’s long-standing coalition equations with these two leaders successfully interchanging their roles. Despite the bypoll set again, Mr. Mani nonetheless saved his gavel in the social gathering and oversaw KC(M)’s transition to the Left coalition. Mr. Kappan, in return, joined the rival coalition and floated a new outfit on his personal – the Nationalist Congress Kerala.

The battle between these two leaders was so intense that Pala turned one of the vital keenly-watched seats even earlier than the formal announcement of candidates by the rival coalitions.

12 pm

LDF poised for victory in Alappuzha

LDF candidate P.P. Chitharanjan of CPI(M) is poised for a victory in the Alappuzha Assembly constituency. With three quarters of the votes counted, Mr. Chitharanjan has taken a lead of over 13,000 votes in opposition to his nearest rival Ok.S. Manoj of the Congress.

The constituency has a historical past of supporting each LDF and UDF, and the Congress held the seat from 1996 to 2011. However, following a delimitation course of, it tilted in the direction of the Left with present Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac emerged victorious in 2011 and 2016 polls with snug margins. In the 2016 election, Dr. Isaac defeated his nearest rival Laly Vincent of the Congress by 31,032 votes.

11.55 am

IUML shedding sitting seat in Kozhikode South

In Kozhikode South, IUML’s gamble appears to have backfired as they’re poised to lose the sitting seat after fielding a lady candidate for the primary time in a quarter of a century. (To make clear, the IUML gamble talked about right here is the change in candidate relatively than the fielding of a lady candidate per se.)

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Kerala.

Noorbina Rasheed, who has served because the councillor of Mukhadar ward of Kozhikode Corporation for 5 years, is at the moment trailing behind LDF’s Ahmed Devarkovil.

The Muslim-majority section, with the group forming over 60% of the inhabitants, had elected IUML in the final two Assembly polls held in 2011 and 2016. Previously, the Congress social gathering, the CPI(M) and the Indian National League (INL), a breakaway faction of the IUML, have gained from right here.

11.45 am

Mukesh or Bindu Krishna? Kollam but to decide on

In the closely-watched contest in Kollam constituency the place sitting MLA and actor-turned politician M. Mukesh is contesting in opposition to DCC president Bindu Krishna, the outcome has change into unpredictable.

While Bindu Krishna has been main in the early hours, at current M. Mukesh appears be to marching forward.

Kollam is likely one of the seats that UDF is assured about profitable, other than Karunagapplly. NDA has to this point polled solely 643 votes in the section.

11.35 am

All sitting Ministers besides one main

Except Fisheries Minister J. Mercykutty Amma, all ministers of the outgoing Cabinet (who contested in the Assembly elections) are main in their constituencies. The outcomes are but to be confirmed because the counting is in progress.

Of these main, Minister for Electricity M.M. Mani has the very best lead of over 20,000 votes in Udumbanchola in Idukki district (as of 11 a.m.). Other Ministers main are CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Dharmadom constituency in Kannur district, Health Minister Ok. Ok. Shyalaja in Mattannur, Minister for LSG A. C. Moideen in Kunnamkulam,  Minister for Excise T. P. Ramakrishnan in Perambara, Minister for Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran in Kazhakuttom, Transport Minister A.Ok. Saseendran in Elathur, Minister for Ports Kadanappally Ramachandran in Kannur and Ok. Krishnankutty in Chitoor. 

Ms. Mercykutty Amma of the CPI(M) is trailing behind P.C. Vishnunath of Congress in Kundara as of now.

11.25 am

Nail-biting contest in Thrippunithura

A nail-biting contest is underway in Thrippunithuraconstituency the place LDF candidate M. Swaraj has, for the primary time, wrested the lead from UDF candidate Ok. Babu, albeit by a slender margin of 9 votes.

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Kerala.

Mr. Babu had initially improved his lead margin from 500+ to 1,000+ votes earlier than it dropped all the way down to a little over 430 votes. While Mr. Swaraj’s vote rely stood at round 18,003, Mr. Babu was at 17,997 votes.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Ok.S. Radhakrishan continues to be a distant third with 6,400 votes.

11.15 am

Poonjar votes out P.C. George?

Poonjar has thrown up an disagreeable shock for veteran chief P.C. George, who had been the MLA of the constituency for the previous 40 years. As per preliminary developments, LDF-backed Sebastian Kulathunkal is main in the constituency by a margin of round 6,000 votes.

In the tightly-contested election, UDF had fielded Tomy Kallani who’s now trailing by over 9,900 votes.

11.05 am

Why an LDF win could be historic for Kerala

If early developments are any indication, the electoral historical past of Kerala is all set to witness a watershed occasion because the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is poised to return to energy once more. This would imply the dismantling of a decades-old behavior of the Kerala voters which alternates between LDF, led by CPI(M) and UDF, led by Congress, each 5 years.

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Kerala.

The outcomes coming from counting centres throughout the State point out no anti-incumbency sentiment that might urge a change of guard, and Mr. Vijayan might be credited with creating historical past by breaking the 40-year-old electoral pattern.

The LDF, which went all-out in its election campaigning, is main in 84 of the full 140 seats in the State. The pre-poll and exit polls predicted majority for the LDF. The early developments present that outcomes are more likely to stay true to these predictions.

10.50 am

UDF-stronghold Aruvikkara switches to LDF?

Aruvikkara, one of many United Democratic Front (UDF)’s strongholds in Thiruvananthapuram has thrown up a shock with Left Democratic Front (LDF) candidate G. Stephen taking a lead of 230 votes forward of sitting MLA Ok.S.Sabarinathan after two rounds of counting.

The UDF has been profitable from right here since 1991, when Congress chief G.Karthikeyan wrested the seat from the LDF. He held the seat until 2015. After he handed away that yr, his son Sabarinathan gained the by-election and retained the seat by a larger margin in the Assembly election the subsequent yr. He has been extensively tipped to retain the seat, however the early leads level to a not so snug win and even an upset.

10.40 am

LDF leads in all constituencies in Thrissur

The LDF is main in all the 13 constituencies in Thrissur district. The UDF had gained one seat in 2016 when Anil Akkara gained the Wadakkanchery constituency.

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Kerala.

As epicenter of the LIFE (Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment) Mission housing mission controversy, the election right here is taken into account as a mercury take a look at for each the UDF and LDF.

In 2016, UDF had narrowly wrested Wadakkanchery seat from LDF when Anil Akkara gained the seat by a mere 43 votes in opposition to Mary Thomas of the CPI(M).

10.30 am

BJP’s Surendran trailing in each seats

BJP State president Ok. Surendran, who had contested from each Manjeshwaram and Konni, is trailing in each seats.

Mr. Surendran was anticipated to do properly in Konni, whose electoral politics underwent a enormous shake-up following the Sabarimala protests in 2018. In the Parliament elections of 2019, the BJP had made important positive factors from the section although it was the Congress that held the lead.

Sabarimala had remained the important thing focus of its marketing campaign whereas the coalition can also be hoping the welfare schemes rolled out by the Union authorities to show the tide in its favour.

CPI(M)’s Ok.U. Jenish Kumar is main by a margin of over 2,000 votes in opposition to Congress’ Robin Peter.

10.20 am

Shafi Parambil trails behind E. Sreedharan in Palakkad

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set to make a historic win in Palakkad with Metroman E. Sreedharan taking an early lead in the constituency when two rounds of counting was over.

Kerala Assembly elections 2021 results: Ruling LDF all set for a historic second term, 'Metroman' Sreedharan loses in Palakkad

For constituency-wise outcomes and maps, go to Kerala.

Mr. Sreedharan had expressed confidence of a victory quickly after the polling and mentioned that he had acquired assist from some Congress quarters. He even went on to announce opening up of an workplace in Palakkad to hold out the event actions that he promised to the folks there.

Mr. Sreedharan has assured the those who he would convert the city into the very best in the nation in 5 years if he was given a probability.

When two rounds of counting was over, Mr. Sreedharan was main by 3,000 votes over UDF incumbent Shafi Parambil. Mr. Shafi was looking for a re-election for the third time period in Palakkad.

10.10 am

Ok.Ok. Rema leads in Vadakara over LDF candidate

One of the speaking factors from developments until now has been the lead maintained by UDF-backed RMPI candidate Ok.Ok. Rema in Vadakara Assembly seat in Kozhikode.

She has a lead of over 2,600 votes in opposition to LDF’s Manayath Chandran.

Ms. Rema is the widow of slain Revolutionary Marxist Party of India chief T.P. Chandrashekharan. Her candidacy has typically been portrayed as an act of vengeance in opposition to CPI(M) employees who murdered her husband, a CPI(M) dissident.

10 am

Suresh Gopi main in Thrissur

Actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, who has contested beneath BJP ticket from Thrissur constituency, is main for by a little over 300 votes in opposition to UDF candidate Padmaja Venugopal.

Mr. Gopi had didn’t reside as much as expectations in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections when T.N. Prathapan of the Congress earned a thumping victory. Ms. Venugopal, in the meantime, is combating from a metropolis that was her father’s (former CM Ok. Karunakaran) long-standing political base.

LDF’s P. Balachandran, a common face in the socio-cultural scene in the district, is trailing in the third spot.

The BJP, which has put the Thrissur seat in the A-plus class, had been adamant about fielding a candidate with a star picture. Mr. Gopi had made a dramatic touchdown in a helicopter and marched to the Collectorate, accompanied by a motor rally, to file nomination papers.

9.55 am

‘Metro-Man’ main in Palakkad

BJP’s star candidate E. Sreedharan, popularly generally known as the ‘Metro Man’, has taken an early lead over UDF candidate and incumbent Shafi Parambil in Palakkad. The BJP had at one level projected the octagenarian as its CM candidate earlier than retracting the assertion.

Mr. Sreedharan is main by over 1,500 votes in the preliminary spherical of counting.

In Malampuzha, LDF’s A. Prabhakaran is main by round 2,000 votes over NDA’s C. Krishnakumar, and in Mannarkkad, UDF candidate N. Shamsuddin is main by almost 1,700 votes over LDF’s Ok.P. Suresh Raj.

9.50 am

Nemom a ray of hope for BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan has taken a slender lead in Nemom constituency, the social gathering’s solely sitting seat in Kerala. Mr. Rajasekharan, who was the previous Governor of Mizoram, is the previous president of the social gathering’s State unit.

He leads by 470 votes over CPI(M)’s V. Sivankutty. Congress’s heavyweight candidate Ok. Muralidharan (son of former Chief Minister Ok. Karunakaran) is in the third place.

The BJP had gained a seat in Kerala Assembly for the primary time in 2016 when O.Rajagopal defeated Mr. Sivankutty by 8,671 votes at Nemom. That election was tormented by accusations that Congress had knowingly fielded a weak candidate to make sure that CPI(M) loses the seat.

9.40 am

Initial counting pattern favours LDF

Initial counting developments seem to recommend a clear lead for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala. 

The ruling coalition is main in not less than 80 Assembly segments at 9 a.m.

Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) is a entrance runner in 58 constituencies. The National Democratic Front (NDA) is forward in three constituencies.

Election authorities have enumerated solely a fraction of the votes polled. The majority of them are postal ballots. The vote margins are razor-thin and will change.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy are amongst those that have established an early lead.

9.30 am

A counting in contrast to another

Streets leading to the counting station at Govt Girls’ Higher Secondary School Ernakulam are empty and the police have put up barricades to prevent people from gathering.

Streets resulting in the counting station at Govt Girls’ Higher Secondary School Ernakulam are empty and the police have put up barricades to stop folks from gathering.  
| Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

 

With the State authorities taking a strict stance in opposition to crowding by most people on the day of counting of votes, the streets resulting in the counting station at Govt Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Ernakulam are empty and the police have put up barricades to stop folks from gathering.

Taking under consideration the surge in COVID-19 circumstances, the Election Commission of India had banned victory processions after the declaration of election results.

Additionally, the State govt. has made COVID-19 damaging certificates necessary for all personnel drafted in for counting and media individuals masking the electoral occasion.

9.20 am

Slim preliminary lead for CM Vijayan in Dharmadom

Kerala Chief Minister and LDF candidate Pinarayi Vijayan is main with a slim margin in Dharmadom constituency in Kannur, based on preliminary experiences.

Kerala Chief Minister and CPI (M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan photographed after casting his vote at Pinarayi, Kerala, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Kerala Chief Minister and CPI (M) chief Pinarayi Vijayan photographed after casting his vote at Pinarayi, Kerala, on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: C.P. Sajit

 

Health Minister Ok.Ok. Shailaja, who’s contesting as LDF candidate from Mattanur constituency, too is main with an preliminary 250-vote lead.

Illustrating the neck-to-neck nature of counting, UDF candidate from Kannur constituency, Satheesan Pacheini, took a lead in the primary quarter-hour of counting. However, LDF candidate Kadanapally Ramachandran quickly caught up with him, and is at the moment main by 87 votes.

9.10 am

Who will Koduvally select this time?

The battle is hotter this time in Koduvally with the presence of Indian Union Muslim League’s trump card and former minister M.Ok. Muneer in opposition to the sitting MLA and LDF-backed impartial Karat Razak.

UDF’s confidence stems from its wonderful efficiency in the latest native physique elections. The Koduvally municipality and the six different grama panchayats now stand with the UDF. The social gathering can also be hopeful that the controversies surrounding the gold smuggling case and the LDF candidate’s alleged hyperlink to it is going to be rewarding for them.

For the LDF, the primary hope is the elevated variety of dissidents throughout the IUML. The preliminary disagreements over Dr. Muneer’s candidature in Koduvally come as a bonus for the LDF. The constituency, the place the UDF loved steady victory from 1957 to 2001, has weakened its resistance in the direction of the Left, they declare.

It was in 2006 that the voters first shocked the UDF. LDF-backed impartial P.T.A. Rahim’s victory with a majority of over 7,500 votes had surprised the dominant social gathering, and although the UDF’s V.M. Ummer captured the constituency in 2011 with a margin of over 16,000 votes, the voters witnessed a ‘U’ flip once more in the 2016 elections. LDF-backed impartial Karat Razak captured the constituency with a skinny margin of mere 573 votes in opposition to UDF candidate M.A. Razak.

9 am

Will Twenty20 play kingmaker in Perumbavoor?

A detailed race is anticipated in the battle for Perumbavoor constituency in Ernakulam.

The winner is more likely to be determined by Chitra Sukumaran, candidate of the apolitical outfit Twenty20. Eldhose Kunnappilly, sitting MLA of the Congress, had gained the constituency in 2016 by a margin of over 7,000 votes.

Twenty20 appears hopeful of creating dents in the normal vote banks of LDF and UDF this time. Their efficiency in the native physique elections held in December (in which the social gathering had gained eight seats in Vengola panchayat) has fuelled the social gathering’s expectations.

The Congress camp has positioned Perumbavoor among the many few constituencies in Ernakulam in which it can not predict a win. However, the marketing campaign managers are hopeful that they are going to sail by in the final spherical.

Babu Joseph of the Kerala Congress (M) is the Left candidate whereas the Bharatiya Janata Party had fielded T.P. Sindhumol. The constituency had recorded 84.25% polling in the election held on April 6.

8.50 am

Testing instances for UDF in Ernakulam

The counting of votes for Ernakulam Assembly seat, has began. The seat is long-considered as a UDF stronghold.

The constituency was represented by T.J. Vinod, the Ernakulam District Congress Committee president and former Deputy Mayor of Kochi, for the previous one-and-a-half years. Mr. Vinod was elected because the legislator in a bypoll held in 2019 when the Congress fielded MLA Hibi Eden to the Parliament seat.

Mr. Vinod may proceed the Congress legacy in the constituency however with a lowered margin.

Meanwhile, LDF has fielded Shaji George Pranatha, a writer and social activist, to wrest again the seat.

The 2016 election witnessed Mr. Eden scripting an emphatic win in the constituency by a margin of over 21,000 votes. Of the 1,10,508 votes polled that point, Mr. Eden bagged the assist of over 57,000 voters.

8.30 am

Number of postal votes go up in Kozhikode

The counting of votes for the 13 Assembly segments in Kozhikode district commenced at 8 a.m. in the present day.

Unlike the 2016 elections, the variety of postal votes has gone up this time.

The postal votes acquired in the district had been over 63,000 — 5 instances increased than that of the earlier polls. As a outcome, the counting of votes polled in EVMs have began earlier than earlier than the completion of counting of postal votes. They are each going down concurrently now.

To adhere to the COVID-19 protocols, the variety of polling cubicles have additionally gone up this time, which signifies that it takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete a spherical of counting.

Although the primary leads are anticipated to be identified by 9 a.m., the declaration of ultimate outcomes will doubtless be delayed.

Employees deputed for counting responsibility reached their designated venues at 6 a.m. The officers, as per norms, took an oath of secrecy earlier than the counting started.

8 am

Postal ballots first, EVMs to comply with

The counting of votes is set to start in a jiffy throughout Kerala.

The remaining preparations are progressing in the 633 counting halls in 114 centres. The storage rooms the place the digital voting machines (EVM) had been saved after the April 6 polls had been opened at 6 a.m.

Evms being taken from strong room to counting hall in Thiruvananthapuram

Evms being taken from sturdy room to counting corridor in Thiruvananthapuram
 
| Photo Credit: PRD

The counting of the postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m. By 8.30 a.m., the counting of votes polled in the digital voting machines (EVM) may even will start.

Kerala had registered a voter turnout of 74.06% in the April 6 polls. Of the full voters of two,74,46,039 in the State, 2,03,27,893 exercised their franchise. The ECI had distributed a complete of 5,84,238 postal ballots  to varied voter classes together with 80-plus voters, individuals with disabilities, COVID-19 sufferers, folks employed in important providers and polling officers.

7.50 am

Kalamassery is a keenly-watched contest

The contest in the Kalamassery Assembly constituency is a keenly watched one with senior CPI(M) chief P. Rajeev of the LDF pitted in opposition to the son of sitting MLA V. Ok. Ebrahimkunju, V. E. Abdul Gafoor of the IUML as his closest rival.

The constituency has returned IUML’s Mr. Ebrahimkunju to the Assembly on each events after the Assembly was constituted in 2011. There are seven candidates in the fray in 2021 and the fierce rivalry between the UDF and LDF for the constituency has made it a contest of be aware.

Mr. Ebrahimkunju is likely one of the accused in the Palarivattam flyover constructing scandal and the problem has pushed Kalamassery into the limelight throughout Kerala. P. S. Jayaraj of the BDJS, which is a part of the NDA, is one other key participant in the seven-cornered contest.

The voting share in 2016 was 81.29%. It got here all the way down to lower than 80% in 2021, which was thought-about worrying by the incumbent political entrance. A complete of 1,54,882 votes had been polled in 2016 of which Mr. Ebrahimkunju had bagged 44.37% whereas A. M. Yusuf of CPM bagged 37.55%. BDJS’ V. Gopakumar bagged 15.65% votes.

7.30 am

Quick look

The votes can be counted in 633 counting halls throughout 114 centres, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said on Thursday. The counting of the postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m., and the counting of votes polled in the digital voting machines (EVM), at 8.30 a.m.

About 2.74 crore voters exercised their franchise on April 6 as Kerala went to polls the place 69.95% turnout was recorded.

In Kerala, the BJP and the Congress promised to maintain the Sabarimala shrine out of bounds for girls of menstruating age citing custom whereas the LDF quietened its stance fearing a Hindu backlash. A constituent of the LDF mentioned ‘love jihad’ was a matter of concern.

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Kerala gears up for Assembly ballot outcomes

Kerala is bracing itself for the result of the Assembly elections on Sunday.

The counting for the 2021 Assembly elections is in contrast to another in the State’s historical past. The celebratory ambiance that marks the tallying of votes can be conspicuously absent because of the COVID-19 ban on public jubilation.

Party employees will confine shows of triumph and despair largely indoors. The tabulation of votes will take extra time, given the numerous postal ballots. The lengthy wait for the outcomes since polling day on April 6 has put political events on tenterhooks.

Pre-poll and post-poll surveys had given the Left Democratic Front (LDF) a lead over the Congress-led United Democratic Front (LDF) Opposition.

However, the UDF has stiffly contested the ballot predictions. 

 

 

Elaborate preparations for counting in place in Kerala

The counting of votes polled in the April 6 Assembly elections in the State scheduled for May 2 is designed to be an elaborate train, given the necessity to strictly comply with COVID-19 pointers.

The votes can be counted in 633 counting halls throughout 114 centres, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena mentioned on Thursday. The counting of the postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m., and the counting of votes polled in the digital voting machines (EVM), at 8.30 a.m.

The variety of counting halls has in reality gone up from 140 final time, Mr. Meena mentioned. The variety of halls was elevated because the Election Commission of India requested States to cut back the variety of tables per corridor from 14 to seven to satisfy bodily distancing norms. This successfully means, three to 4 halls for every meeting section.

 

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