KERALA

200 nomination papers valid

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 24. With the scrutiny of nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections to 20 seats in the State coming to a close this evening, the nomination papers of 200 candidates were found to be valid.

As many as 236 nominations were filed for the 20 constituencies, out of which 33 were rejected and the decision on three others deferred for April 26.

Out of the 14 nomination papers filed for the Wadakkancherry Assembly constituency, two were rejected and the decision on the nomination has been put off owing to a dispute on the jurisdiction of the notary public who has attested the affidavit, sources said.

All the 14 nomination papers filed in Kasaragod have been accepted. Three nomination papers were rejected in Kannur, leaving 10 candidates in the fray. In Vadakara, three nominations were rejected out of the nine filed. One nomination paper was rejected in Kozhikode out of the 16 filed. Three nominations were rejected, leaving 5 candidates in the fray in Manjeri. Out of the nine papers filed in Ponnani, four were rejected.

Only one paper was rejected in Palakkad out of the 11 papers filed. All the eight nomination papers filed in Ottapalam were accepted. Two out of the 11 papers filed in Thrissur were rejected and two of the 12 papers filed in Mukundapuram were rejected. One nomination paper out of the 12 filed in Ernakulam was rejected.

All the 12 papers filed were found to be in order in Chirayinkeezh and one of the 17 nominations filed in Thiruvananthapuram was rejected.

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