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Updated: November 8, 2009 16:45 IST

Nearly 80 p.c. polling in Kannur bypoll

Roy Mathew
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The voter turn-out in the by-election from Kannur Assembly constituency in Kerala on Saturday was 79.33 per cent, according to the final figures released by the Chief Electoral Officer late last night.

The polling percentages were 64.64 and 75 in the by-polls from Ernakulam and Alapuzha Assembly constituencies respectively.

A press note from the Chief Electoral Office said that 105772 voters had cast their votes in the Kannur Constituency. While 92361 persons voted in Ernakulam constituency 85495 voters exercised their franchise in Alapuzha constituency.

The turn-out was higher than in the previous Assembly elections from the constituencies. In the Lok Sabha elections held early this year, the polling percentage in the Kannur Assembly segment of the Kannur Lok Sabha constituency was only 76.46. In the Ernakulam Assembly segment (of the Ernakulam Lok Sabha Constituency), the polling percentage was 66.97 and in Alapuzha segment, the polling percentage was 80.66. However, the by-elections were based on the pre-delimitation boundaries of the Assembly constituencies. These are not exactly the same as that of the Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha constituencies as the Lok Sabha polls were held after delimitation.


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