If you are thinking that majority of the candidates contesting the upcoming local body election in Kerala are youngsters, then you are wrong. Among the candidates of LDF, UDF and NDA, 61.31 percent are aged above 40 years and only 38.69 are below 40.
This has been found out in a survey conducted by Mathrubhumi. The 12-day long survey was held among 53,500 candidates. Their age, education and occupation were considered in the survey.
The survey shows that no change of generation happened among the candidates. Only 9.57 percent are aged below 30 years. Also those who are above 60 are not refraining from the polls. 5.65 percent of the candidates are senior citizens. All three major political fronts prefer middle-aged people.
36.10 percent are aged between 40-50 years. Compared to LDF and UDF, NDA is fielding more young candidates. 46.25 percent of their candidates are below 40 years. UDF has less number of young candidates (35.29 percent). LDF has 38.41 percent young candidates.
Details were collected from 53,500 candidates of LDF, UDF and NDA. This 88 percent of the total candidates.
A questionnaire containing 3 questions was prepared. The questions were about age, education and occupation. The information was collected with the help of 307 local reporters of Mathrubhumi.
Among the total candidates in Malappuram, 7.17 percent are teachers. No other district matches with Malappuram in this figure. Most number of teachers are contesting in Malappuram municipality. Manjeri and Nilambur municipalities are close behind. Perinthalmanna and Tirur are in the next spots.
Also 7.34 percent of the candidates are postgraduates. Kottayam comes second in this category. Malappuram also tops in the number of candidates who are qualified above post-graduation. 3.14 percent are advocates.
On the contrary, the number of unemployed candidates also remains high in the district. There are 24.29 percent who are jobless. This can be due to the return of expatriates. Kollam has most number of unemployed candidates.