More than an hour into counting, UDF leads in Ernakulam, Aroor, Manjeshwaram
Kochi: Almost an hour into the counting of votes, the United Democratic Front (UDF) has taken an early lead in 3 of the 5 constituencies in the state.
As per the latest reports, UDF is leading in Aroor, Ernakulam and Manjeshwaram constituencies.
In Aroor, Shanimol Usman has got an initial lead of 2197 votes despite trailing Manu C Pulikkan at the earlier stages of counting.
UDF candidate in Ernakulam TJ Vinod has established lead over the LDF candidate Manu Roy by 3258 votes.
Meanwhile UDF Manjeshwaram candidate MC Kamarudhin, with a lead of 3323 votes, looks set for a convincing victory.
The bypolls were held to the Vattiyoorkavu (Thiruvananthapuram), Aroor (Alappuzha), Konni (Pathanamthitta), Ernakulam and Manjeshwaram (Kasaragod) constituencies. Counting of votes is being held at Government HS at Paivalike Nagar in Manjeshwaram, Maharajas College in Ernakulam, Cherthala Pallippuram NSS College in Aroor, Eliyarakkal Amritha VHSS in Konni and Pattom St. Mary’s HSS in Vattiyoorkavu.
As rains played spoilsport in Ernakulam and Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram on polling day, the voter turnout dipped by 14 per cent in Ernakulam and 7 per cent in Vattiyoorkavu, causing heartburns to all the three fronts.