Kerala records over 71 per cent polling by 6 pm
Thiruvananthapuram: The state is witnessing brisk polling in the final hours of the election day. Large queues of voters can be seen at many polling booths across the state. The polling is scheduled till 7 pm. The voter turnout was recorded at over 71 percent by 6 pm.
Despite scorching heat and sporadic rain in many parts of the state, people, including women and senior citizens, stood in queues for a long time to take part in the democratic exercise.
Constituencies in northern Kannur, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Thirssurwere among those districts which recorded comparatively higher polling percentage while southern districts like Pathanamthitta and Idukki reported lower percentage, according to sources.
Barring some technical glitches and sporadic complaints of bogus voting, the election exercise has been smooth so far.
Isolated incidents of altercation between rival party activists were reported in some places in the state. Minor clashes were reported at Kattayikkonam in Kazhakkoottam in Thiruvananthapuram. CPM and BJP workers engaged in conflict and the police took into custody two persons. Minister Kadakampally Surendran’s personal staffer also was injured in the attack.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (Dharmadam), leader of opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala (Haripad), senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy (Puthupally), BJP state president, K Surendran (Konni and Manjeswaram) and 'Metro Man' E Sreedharan, (Palakkad) were among those who had voted.
Besides Vijayan, 11 of his cabinet colleagues are among the 957 candidates in the fray in the state. PTI