Know Your Election: Kerala 2016

March 10, 2016 08:43 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 12:44 pm IST

A neck-and-neck race is expected in the >Kerala Assembly elections slated for May 16 as the outcome is crucial for the ruling Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF), CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and also the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

For the ruling UDF, it is a battle for retaining power in the State. A success would also present an opportunity for the Congress to stage a comeback at the national level, after its humiliating loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

On the other hand, a drubbing in the polls for the LDF would spell disaster for it especially at a time when Left is trying hard for a comeback in West Bengal, once a stronghold of the Communists.

The two fronts, ruling the state alternately, will have to factor in the challenge posed by BJP which had put up a better showing in recent civic elections in the state.

Important dates:

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification

April 22

Last Date for Nominations

April 29

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations

April 30

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

May 2

Date of poll

May 16

Counting

May 19

Facilities for voters

In a bid to encourage more voters to exercise their franchise, the Election Commission has taken several measures.

* For the first time, EVMs will feature a symbol for NOTA. The symbol was created in association with the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

* The photographs of candidates will be printed along with their names and election symbol in the EVMs.

* The Commission will distribute voter slips bearing the photo of the elector with the details, including that of polling booth, his/her serial number in the electoral roll.

* Every polling station will be equipped with basic minimu facilities such as drinking water, toilets, shed and ramp.

* Model polling stations will be set up in select constituencies.

* Separate polling booths for women will be set-up, wherever possible.

* Differently-abled votes will be given priority in exercising their franchise.

* Auxillary polling stations will be set up inside Blind Schools and leprosy sanatorium.

* Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be used in select constituencies.

* All critical events will be videographed.

(With inputs from Election Commission of India)

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