Decks have been cleared for the election of CPI(M) nominee Biju K. Mathew as the development standing committee chairman of the district panchayat.

Mr. Mathew’s name, which was cleared by the district secretariat of the party, has been endorsed by the LDF district committee.

In the 26-member House, the LDF has the support of 18. The post of the development standing committee chairman fell vacant following the election of the incumbent S. Jayamohan as the president of the district panchayat earlier this month.

Mr. Mathew, who entered politics through the SFI, had served as a member of the Kerala University Senate. He had also served as president of the Thalavoor grama panchayat from 2005 to 2010. He represents the Thalavoor division in the district panchayat.