Many voters eligible to vote by postal ballots fail to vote

Postal ballot packageLarge number of voters, especially in the armed forces, who are eligible to exercise their franchise through postal ballots, fail to vote in the elections for various reasons.

Balloting Data show that a vast majority of persons who were eligible for voting through postal ballots either did not or could not vote in the Parliament elections in 2014. In the case of armed forces, there were reports that the postal ballots, in many cases, did not reach them in time.

617 cases against CPI (M) candidates

Thiruvananthapuram: There are 943 cases against various candidates in the Assembly elections.  Of this, 685 are against LDF candidates, 152 against BJP-BDJS candidates and 106 cases against UDF candidates.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said in a press release that the higher number of cases against the LDF candidates showed that the left parties were beneficiaries of politics of violence. There were 617 cases against CPI (M) alone.

Rape cases double in Kerala over five years

ribbon-violence against womenRape cases have more than doubled in Kerala over the last five years. The incidence of such cases in relation to population is higher than the national average and those in the neigbouring States.

The reported cases of rape in Kerala were 1263 in 2015 against 617 in 2010 according to data released by the State Crime Records Bureau. The highest number of cases was reported from Thiruvananthapuram Rural and Malappuram district.

Anger, fear in Kerala over brutal murder of law student

People with children in their arms protesting against the murder in ThiruvananthapuramOnce again the question of safety of women has become the subject of debate. The wild incident that victimised the law student at Perumbavoor in Kerala has once again created ripples among the general public.

Protests have erupted in Ernakulam where she studied and the neighbouring Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kaladi. A march was taken out to the office of the Inspector General of Police (Kochi Range), Ernakulam.

Nearly three-fold increase in loss of public sector units

Review of Public EnterprisesThe net loss of public sector enterprises in the State has increased by 183 per cent in 2014-15 with half of the working units making losses.

A review of public enterprises published by Bureau of Public Enterprises records that the loss incurred by government in running public sector units had increased from Rs.2030.05 crores as against a net loss of Rs. 717.03 crores in 2013-14.

Protests over brutal murder of student at Perumbavoor

Protest in Thiruvananthapuram over murder of student at Perumbavoor
Protests are taking place in different parts of the State, especially in Ernakulam district and State capital Thiruvananthapuram, over possible rape, and brutal murder of a dalit student at Perumbavoor in the district.

In Ernakulam district, students of Law College, Ernakulam, and University of Sanskrit, Kaladi, have staged demonstrations. There are also plans for a march to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, Kochi Range in the afternoon.

1203 candidates for Kerala Assembly elections

As many as 1203 candidates are in the arena for Kerala Assembly elections when the time for withdrawal of candidatures ended on Monday.

Poonjar constituency, where former Chief Whip P. C. George is contesting as independent, has the largest number of candidates— 17.

Malappuram district has the highest number of candidates (145) while Wayanad district has lowest (29). UDF is facing rebels in nine constituencies.

Achuthanandan also has cases against him before Lok Ayukta

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition Leader V. S. AchuthanandanChief Minister Oommen Chandy and Opposition Leader V. S. Achuthanandan are both respondents in cases before Lok Ayukta.

This comes to light while the two are engaged in a debate whether there are 31 cases pending against Mr. Chandy

A search of the Lok Ayukta’s case history details by News and Views shows that there are cases not only against Mr. Chandy but also against Mr. Achuthanandan before the Ayukta. There is at least one case in which both Mr. Chandy and Achuthanandan are listed as respondents.

Elections: all votes are not counted

Electronic Voting MachineAll the voters who cast their votes in elections do not get their votes counted. This was the situation since electronic voting machines replaced paper based ballot boxes.

More than 7000 votes could not be counted in the last Lok Sabha elections in Kerala because of malfunctioning of Electronic Voting machines at the time of counting.

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