Today Kerala is gearing up for the outcome of the Assembly election as the votes will be counted to decide the fate of 957 candidates. Left Democratic Front, United Democratic Front, National Democratic Alliance and others are the main alliances in dispute.

Security has been stepped up in northern Kerala due to the count. The number of counting rooms actually dropped from 140 the last time around.

Here are the latest updates from Kerala. For live updates on other election results, follow Assam | Puducherry | Tamil Nadu | West Bengal.

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Mail ballots first, EVDs to follow

The counting of the votes is expected to begin in a few minutes across Kerala.

The latest developments are progressing in the 633 counting rooms in 114 centers. Storage rooms where electronic voting machines (EVMs) were stored after polling stations opened on April 6 at 6 a.m. Counting of postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m. ) will also begin.

Kerala had registered a turnout of 74.06% in the April 6 polls. Of the total electorate of 2.74,46,039 in the state, 2,03,27,893 exercised their right to vote. The ICE distributed a total of 5,84,238 mail-in ballots to various categories of voters, including more than 80 voters, people with disabilities, COVID-19 patients, people employed in essential services and police officers. vote.

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Kalamassery is a hotly watched contest

The contest in the Kalamssery assembly constituency is tightly guarded with CPM leader P. Rajeev of the LDF opposing the son of incumbent VK Ebrahimkunj, VE Abdul Gafoor of IUML as his closest rival.

The constituency referred Mr. Ebrahimkunju of IUML to the Assembly on both occasions after the assembly was constituted in 2011. There are seven candidates in the fray in 2021 and the fierce rivalry between the UDF and the LDF. for the riding made it a remarkable competition. .

Mr Ebrahimkunju is one of the defendants in the Palarivattam flyover building scandal and the issue has propelled Kalamassery into the limelight across Kerala. PS Jayaraj of the BDJS, which is part of the NDA, is another key participant in the Seven Corners contest.

The voting percentage in 2016 was 81.29%. It fell to less than 80% in 2021, which was considered worrying by the political front in place. A total of 1.54,882 votes were polled in 2016, of which Mr. Ebrahimkunju garnered 44.37% while AM ​​Yusuf from CPM garnered 37.55%. V. Gopakumar from BDJS won 15.65% of the vote. – KA Martin

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A look

Votes will be counted in 633 counting rooms in 114 centers, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said Thursday. The counting of the postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m. and the counting of the votes collected in the electronic voting machines (EVM) at 8:30 a.m.

About 2.74 million voters cast their vote on April 6 as Kerala went to the polls where a turnout of 69.95% was recorded.

In Kerala, the BJP and Congress have pledged to keep the Sabarimala shrine off limits for menstruating women, citing tradition, while the LDF calmed its stance fearing a Hindu backlash. A constituent of the DFL said that “amorous jihad” was a matter of concern.

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Kerala gears up for Assembly poll results

Kerala is bracing for the outcome of Sunday’s Assembly elections.

The 2021 assembly election tally is unlike any other in the history of the state. The party atmosphere that marks the vote count will be conspicuously absent due to the COVID-19 ban from public jubilation.

Party workers will confine displays of triumph and desperation largely indoors. The compilation of votes will take longer, given the large number of postal ballots. The long wait for the results since election day on April 6 has put political parties in suspense.

Pre-election and post-election polls had given the Left Democratic Front (LDF) a lead over opposition from the Congress-led United Democratic Front (LDF).

However, the UDF strongly contested the predictions of the poll.

Work out arrangements for counting in place in Kerala

The counting of the votes in the state’s April 6 assembly election slated for May 2 is designed to be an elaborate exercise, given the need to strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Votes will be counted in 633 counting rooms in 114 centers, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena said Thursday. The counting of the postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m. and the counting of the votes collected in the electronic voting machines (EVM) at 8:30 a.m.

The number of counting rooms has actually increased from 140 the last time around, Meena said. The number of rooms has been increased as the Election Commission of India has asked states to reduce the number of tables per room from 14 to seven to meet physical distance standards. This actually means three to four rooms for each assembly segment.

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