Elections

Brisk polling in Kerala

Brisk polling is taking place in the elections to the Kerala Assembly on Monday.

The polling began at 7 am and heavy polling was reported from Kannur and Kozhikode districts. The pace of polling was slow in Thiruvananthapuram and Idukki districts. The overall polling percentage crossed 25 per cent by 11 am.

20 million voters to the polling booth in Kerala

Polling percentages since 1980

About 20 million voters will be going to the polling booths on Monday to elect 140 representatives to the Kerala Assembly.

The State has an electorate of 26 million. About three fourth of them are expected to cast their votes.

The polling percentage in Kerala has never gone below 70 since 1960. In the last elections (2011), the polling percentage was 72.5 per cent.

Pempilai Orumai struggling to win support in the Assembly election

Poster of Pempilai Orumai canddidate Rajeswari in Devikulam constituencyPempilai Orumai, the organisation of women estate workers formed to press for their demands, is struggling to expand their influence.

The Orumai, which has registered itself as a trade union after its fairly successful agitation for bonus and increase in wages of estate workers, has fielded a candidate in the Assembly election from Devikulam constituency. However, it candidate J. Rajeswari is finding it difficult to raise funds for their campaign and expand support outside the estates.

Kerala Assembly elections: Public campaign comes to a close

Climax of the campaign at Peroorkada in Thiruvananthapuram on SaturdayThiruvananthapuram: The public campaign for the Kerala Assembly elections on May 16 came to the close this evening with road shows by contesting parties in a final effort to swing votes in their favour.

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