Kerala local body polls: Counting of votes begins

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The counting process began at 8.00 am and the state election commission expects all the results to be out by afternoon.

 

The counting of votes for local body polls in Kerala is underway at 244 counting centres across the state.

The counting of votes of Kerala local body elections started at 8 am on Wednesday with all COVID-19 protocols in place.

State Election Commissioner V Bhaskaran has said the postal votes, including special ballot votes, will be counted first and EVM votes later.

As per the report, the final results are expected by 1 pm.

The district collectors of several districts of Kerala have imposed section 144 of CrPC on the basis of reports from concerned district police chiefs. 

The clashes between party workers were reported in many places of these districts during the election.

The CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Congress-led, United Democratic Front (UDF) and BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were in the fray for local body polls in Kerala.

The local body polls were held in three phases in Kerala. 

As per the report, 78.64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third and the final phase of the local body polls. 

Kerala recorded 76.38 per cent voter turnout in the 2nd phase of local body elections, 36,72,206 men, 38,51,350 women and 15 transgenders exercised their franchise.

The first of the three-phase election in the state witnessed a voter turnout of 72.67 per cent, with 98,57,208 voters participants, including 51,28,361 females, 47,28,489 males, 93 transgenders and 265 NRIs.

The local body polls (Panchayats, Municipalities and Corporations) were held under strict Covid-19 norms.

Apart from postal ballots, Covid-19 patients were allowed to vote after regular voters cast their votes. 

The three major fronts - LDF, UDF and NDA - have exuded confidence that they would emerge victorious. 

 

With inputs from Agency

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