Kozhikode records maximum turnout while Pathanamthitta least
Thiruvananthapuram: As per the final reports, Kerala recorded 74.02 percent polling in the Assembly elections held on April 6. Kozhikode topped among the districts with 77.9 percent polling while Pathanamthitta recorded the least with 68.0 percent polling.
In 2016 Assembly election, the overall polling percent was 77.35.
In constituencies were strong fight between the fronts were expected, the polling was high. Even in the last hours of voting, long queues were witnessed outside the booths.
Kannur, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam also recorded high polling. Nemom, Kazhakkoottam and Manjeshwaram constituencies, where triangular fight was expected, also witnessed heavy polling. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala and other leaders were among the early voters.
A few complaints were also raised regarding voting. Bogus voting was alleged in Kollam, Idukki and Kannur districts. Another complaint was raised against a person alleging he had cast postal vote.
Violent incidents were also reported in the state. CPM-BJP conflict took place twice in Kattayikkonam in Kazhakkoottam. A group which came in car attacked CPM workers in the afternoon after the morning scuffle. The CPM workers vandalized the car following which the police arrested two persons.
Another complaint was raised that UDF candidate in Anthoor VP Abdul Rasheed was attacked. In Nedumgandam of Idukki, a group of people were blocked by BJP workers from casting vote alleging double votes. BJP-Congress workers alleged that they were nabbed when trying to remove indelible ink after casting vote in Tamil Nadu. Stones were pelted at a vehicle in Kambammedu.
UDF candidate in Balusserry Dharmajan Bolgatty alleged attempts of attack against him by DYFI workers at the polling booth. In Arattupuzha, there were attempts of attack against Veena George. CPM alleged that BJP-Congress workers were behind the incident.
Few incidents of EVM malfunctioning were also reported in the state. Voting in booth number 54 of Ansariya public school in Kaniyambatta of Kalpetta constituency was halted for over an hour after complaints of wrong votes recorded by the voting machine. The complaint stated that the vote cast for one candidate got recorded for another.
As per reports, many votes were recorded in this manner. The slip from the VVPAT machine was not the same as that cast. Following this, voting was stopped and officials inspected the EVM. Voting resumed after 10 men and women were allowed to cast vote in a mock test.
Meanwhile, a scuffle was reported in Kambalakkad GHSS voting booth number 51 alleging display of the pictures of ministers in the morning. The newspaper used in booth carried pictures of the ministers. Following the protest from UDF members, it was later removed.