Polling begins in 5 assembly constituencies in Kerala on wet note
Thiruvananthapuram: Braving heavy rains, early voters queued up at polling stations in the five assembly constituencies in Kerala on Monday where bypolls are being held, to cast their franchise. A total of 9.57 lakh voters are expected to participate in the bypolls being held in Vattiyoorkavu (Thiruvananthapuram), Aroor (Alappuzha), Konni (Pathanamthitta), Ernakulam and Manjeshwaram (Kasaragod).
Polling is held between 7 am to 6 pm. Mock polling was completed prior to voting in the presence of officials and polling agents of political parties in the booths in the constituencies.
LDF candidate in Manjeshwaram M. Sankar Rai cast his vote as the first voter in the booth at Angadimogaru school.
Meanwhile, heavy rain at various places in the state is likely to affect the voting process. Heavy rainfall is experienced in Aroor and Konni since early hours on Monday. Rainfall continues in Vattiyoorkavu and Ernakulam also. The meteorological centre has sounded orange alert in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam.
According to reports, polling will be delayed in some booths in Aroor constituency due to power failure. Waterlogging is seen in many places in Ernakulam. Due to heavy rain, booth number 64 in Sree Narayana School in Ayyappankavu in Ernakulam was shifted to another building. Polling booth was shifted in Kadaribag also due to waterlogging. Fire force personnel will help the voters who arrive to cast votes in waterlogged booths.
A total of 9,57,509 voters including 4,91,455 women and 4,66,047 men and seven transgenders are listed in 896 polling stations in the bypolls. There are 35 candidates in total. Webcasting is arranged in 140 booths in the five constituencies. The government has directed educational institutions to allow the students to cast their votes.
12 documents including Voters ID card can be used as ID for polling. Passbook with photo from bank or post office also can be used. But passbook from cooperative banks is not allowed. In order to ensure security, 3696 police officials of state police force and 10 central military agencies are deployed. Six platoons of CISF also are deployed for security.