Kerala

Highest voter turnout in Kottayam since 1991

Even the overcast sky followed by sweltering hot conditions in later part of the day could not stop the heavy turnout of voters from exercising their franchise in the Kottayam Lok sabha constituency.

The constituency recorded a provisional polling percentage of 74.95 with all the seven assembly constituencies recording a voter turnout of over 70%. It also marked a major improvement on the polling percentage of 71.6, recorded in 2014 elections.

As per the statistics available by 6 p.m, the total number of voters who cast their votes in the constituency stood at 8.9 lakh, which also included 4.43 lakh women voters.

The provisional figures also suggested that the constituency witnessed its largest ever voter turnout percentage after 1991, when the constituency had registered a polling percentage of 76.07. The figures are likely to change by a few points during the final update by the Election Commission of India.

Among the assembly constituencies, Vaikom recorded the highest voter turnout with 77.88%, closely followed by Ettumanoor with a polling percentage of 75.34. Kaduthuruthy, which recorded 70.24%, witnessed the lowest polling percentage.

The polling percentage of other constituencies in the district are; Piravom — 72.10, Pala — 71.61, Kottayam — 75.14 and Puthupally — 74.50.

Notably, the UDF dominated Assembly segments like Puthupally, Kottayam, Pala and Kaduthuruthi recorded significant increase in polling percentages when compared to 2014. However, there was only slight increase in the overall voting percentage in the pro-LDF Assembly segments like Vaikom and Ettumanoor.

Meanwhile, the percentage of polling recorded a slight decline in Piravom assembly segment. Polling was brisk right from the morning as long queues could be seen in front of almost all polling booths, while the process lost momentum in the urban areas by the evening. Meanwhile, voters continued to turn out in huge numbers in the rural areas with people continuing in queues even after 6 p.m.

They were all given tokens and allowed to cast their franchise.

Disruptions

Earlier in the day, disruptions in polling were reported from several booths primarily due to malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines.

The problems were reported from about 36 locations including T.V. Puram, Vaikom town, Chemmanathukara in Vaikom Assembly constituency, Panachikkad, Nattakom, Chungam and Malloosseri in Kottayam and several other places in Piravom and Pala constituencies.

Two persons collapsed and died while proceeding to their respective polling stations to exercise franchise during the day.

The deceased were identified as the 84-year-old Rosamma Ouseph and 55-yer-old Suresh Arthyakulam.

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