Kerala Lok Sabha elections 2019 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: An estimated 73.6 per cent of the 2.61 crore voters cast their franchise as of 6 pm when the polling time officially ended but this was likely to go up when the final figures are tabulated, PTI reported. Elections to the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state was by and large peaceful. However, four people fell unconscious and died while standing in queues to cast their votes.
Kannur Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest voting percentage of 78.16 per cent at 6 pm while Ponnani recorded the lowest 68.31, according to preliminary Election Commission figures. Cases of EVM malfunctioning were reported from Kovalam and Cherthala in the morning.
The BJP-led NDA posed a formidable challenge to the two traditional fronts (the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and opposition Congress-headed UDF) in at least three constituencies — Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the UDF had won 12 seats and LDF 8.
Kerala Lok Sabha elections 2019: Elections to the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state was by and large peaceful. Read in Malayalam
Provisional polling percentage recorded at 76.82 per cent in Kerala
Tentative 73.06 per cent votes polled in Kerala
A provisional voter turnout of 73.06 per cent was recorded Tuesday in the elections to the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala which by and large was peaceful. An estimated 73.06 per cent of the 2.61 crore voters cast their franchise as of 6 pm when the polling time officially ended but this was likely to go up when the final figures are tabulated, official sources said, reports PTI.
It was a do-or-die battle for both the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and opposition Congress-headed UDF in most of the 20 Lok Sabha seats this time in the state, known for its decades-long bipolar politics.
The BJP-led NDA posed a formidable challenge to the two traditional fronts in at least three constituencies -- Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur. A senior election official told PTI that since there were a large number of people standing in queues in some places, they would be allowed to vote.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who contested from Wayanad in addition to Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, his party colleague Sashi Tharoor, BJP leader Kumanam Rajasekharan (both Thiruvananthapuram) and Union Minister Alphons Kannamthanam (Ernakulam) were among the prominent candidates in the fray.
More than 3% hike in voter turnout in Attingal, Thiruvananthapuram
More than 3% hike in voter turnout was estimated in Attingal and Thiruvananthapuram. More than 8% increase in polling percentage was recorded at Pathanamthitta.
Kerala: 73.6 per cent voting recorded till 6 pm
73.6 per cent polling was recorded in the state till 6 pm even as the voting is still on. At 6 pm, all those who were standing in the queue were given tokens by the police. Whoever came after 6 was not allowed to vote.
Kerala man who made false EVM complaint bailed out
Abin Babu, a 21-year-old man arrested for allegedly making a false complaint about malfunctioning of polling machine, gets bailed out. He voted from booth no. 151 in Vattiyoorkavu, Thiruvananthapuram and had complained that VVPAT displayed his vote went to another candidate.
Thiruvananthapuram showing up in huge numbers
Thiruvananthapuram is showing up in huge numbers, as there are still 40 minutes to go for polling in Kerala. With more than 67.89% voter turnout till 5 pm, the triangular contest here has got a good response.
With under 40 mins to go for polling to end, #Thiruvananthapuram is showing up in huge numbers. With more than 67.89% voter turnout till 5 pm, the triangular contest here has got good response. #LokSabhaEelctions2019 | #Decision2019 @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/adfFidIhVQ— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
Thiruvananthapuram voter arrested for false EVM complaint
A voter at booth no. 151 in Vattiyoorkavu, Thiruvananthapuram, was arrested for allegedly making a false complaint about malfunctioning of polling machine. Abin Babu had alleged that VVPAT displayed that his vote had gone to another candidate, not to the one he voted for.
Thiruvananthapuram: Abin Babu, a voter at booth no. 151 in Vattiyoorkavu, was arrested for allegedly making a false complaint about malfunctioning of polling machine. He had alleged that VVPAT displayed his vote had gone to another candidate, not to the one he voted for. #Kerala— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
61.94% polling in Kerala till 4 pm
The polling percentage in Kerala was recorded at 61.94% till 4 pm according to ECI figures. At this rate, it could overtake the 74% polling recorded in the state in 2014 polls.
Polling percentage in Kerala at 56.78% till 3 pm
The polling percentage in Kerala was recorded at 56.78% till 3 pm with constituencies like Kannur and Wayanad clocking nearly 60% polling as always.
Kerala voting till 3 pm: 56.78% recorded with constituencies like Kannur and Wayanad clocking nearly 60% polling as always. Three hours to go— Vishnu Varma (@VishKVarma) April 23, 2019
Rain and thunderstorms predicted in the evening. @IndianExpress @IeMalayalam @decision2019 pic.twitter.com/RkvhLrQ6wB
Pics from Cotton Hill GHSS, a polling booth in Thiruvananthapuram
Voter turnout strong in Kerala - 51.85% by 3 pm
A strong voter turnout was recorded in Kerala- 51.85% by 3 pm. Earlier, 38.81 per cent voting was recorded in the state till 1 pm.
#LokSabhaElections2019 | Voter turnout strong in Kerala - 51.85% by 3 pm. Kannur records highest (56.71%) while Kozhikode is at the bottom of the table (43.54%). Thiruvananthapuram - 55%, Pathanamthitta - 55.3%, Ernakulam - 50.58% @IndianExpress @IExpressSouth | #Decision2019— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
Film stars Tovino Thomas, Aju Varghese and Aparna Balamurali vote
Film stars Tovino Thomas, Aju Varghese and Aparna Balamurali votes at their respective constituencies in Kerala
മലയാള ചലച്ചിത്ര താരങ്ങൾ ഇക്കുറി തങ്ങളുടെ സമ്മതിദാന അവകാശം രാവിലെ തന്നെ വിനിയോഗിച്ചു. മമ്മുട്ടിക്കും മോഹൻ ലാലിനും പുറമെ താരങ്ങളായ ടോവിനോ തോമസ് , അജു വർഗീസ്സ് , അപർണ ബാലമുരളി തുടങ്ങിയവർ ഇവരിൽ ഉൾപ്പെടുന്നു. pic.twitter.com/oXIGdvcVKP— PIB in KERALA (@PIBTvpm) April 23, 2019
Voters queue up at Ernakulam polling booth
Voters queue up at an Ernakulam polling booth. (Express Photos)
Spiced buttermilk available at most polling stations
Spiced buttermilk available for voters at most polling stations across Kerala to bring some respite from blistering heat. (Express Photo: Vishnu Varma)
Kerala Lok Sabha polls: 38.81% voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm
A total of 38.81% voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm with Kannur leading with 41.8%, followed by Idukki (41.22%) and Palakkad (40.98%).
Voters in queue at St George LP School booth, Edappally, Ernakulam
Voters in queue at St George LP School booth, Edappally, Ernakulam. Despite VVPAT delaying voting, till1 pm, voter turnout at the booth was around 1200. (Express Photo)
Snake found in Kannur polling booth
Shashi Tharoor urges people to vote
Shashi Tharoor urges people to vote.
My mother and I cast our votes this morning at Cotton Hill Girls’ HighSchool in Vazhuthacaud, after which we were promptly enveloped by a bevy of media persons. If you haven’t already exercised your franchise in this critical election, I urge you to do it soonest! Rain due by 1pm pic.twitter.com/TMeFoNTmqg— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) April 23, 2019
Kerala Lok Sabha elections: Four people die in queues
Four people fell unconscious and died while standing in queues in Kerala
34% overall turnout till 12; Kannur leads with 33.72%
A turnout of 34% voters was recorded across the state till 12 noon, with Kannur leading with 33.72%, followed by Palakkad (33.43%) and Kottayam (33.31%).
Constituencies | Vote percentage
Kasaragod - 30.63
Kannur - 33.72
Vadakara - 28.85
Wayanad - 32.91
Kozhikode - 28.12
Malappuram - 29.58
Ponnani -27. 11
Palakkad - 33.43
Alathur -31. 02
Thrissur -31. 81
Ernakulam - 30.13
Idukki -33. 12
Kottayam -33. 31
Alappuzha -32. 49
Mavelikkara -31. 87
Pathanamthitta -32. 62
Kollam - 31.06
Attingal -32. 22
Thiruvananthapuram - 30.75
Actor Fahadh Faazil in queue with father to cast vote
Actor Fahadh Faazil stands in queue with his father to cast vote.
Mammootty urges people to excercise their democratic right
"Everyone should vote. It's our democratic right. This is our way of choosing our representatives in Parliament," said actor Mammootty. Flanked by Congress' Hibi Eden and CPIM candidate P Rajeev, he said, "Both of these candidates are very important to us. Sometimes the candidates are so good that we want to vote for both of them. Please choose your candidates on the basis of their qualities and the values their organisations represent."
23.57% voter turnout till 11 am, Wayanad records 26.88%
Kerala recorded 23.57% voter turnout till 11 am. Out of this, Wayanad recorded 26.88%, Pathanamthitta 24.45% and Thiruvananthapuram 24.68%.
BJP will not open its account from Kerala this time: Balakrishnan
"BJP will not open its account from Kerala this time. All trends from Kerala indicate so. NDA candidates can only reach up to third place across all 20 constituencies in the state," he added.
LDF will record historic win: CPI(M) Kerala state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
LDF will record a historic win, says CPI(M) Kerala state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.
LDF will record a historic win. Kerala will witness the Left getting more votes and seats from the state for #LokSabhaElections2019 | Voters should stay alert and verify vote before leaving the polling station: @b_kodiyeri, CPI(M) Kerala state secretary says. | @IndianExpress— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
Actor-producer-singer Mohanlal urges people to exercise their voting rights
Actor-producer-singer Mohanlal urges people to exercise their voting rights.
ഞാൻ എൻ്റെ പൗരാവകാശം വിനിയോഗിച്ചു. നിങ്ങളും വിനിയോഗിക്കുക.— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) April 23, 2019
Voting is our democratic right and responsibility. I have exercised my right, so should all of you. Every vote counts!#Elections2019 pic.twitter.com/yYQXhjDoGq
Lok Sabha Elections Phase 3: Voters queue up outside polling booth in Kerala
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Kerala during third phase of Lok Sabha elections.
Actor Mammootty casts vote
After casting his vote at Ernakulam, actor Mammootty being flanked by Left candidate P Rajeev (CPM) and UDF candidate Hibi Eden (Congress). (Express Photo: Nitin RK)
Make sure you check symbol you voted for on VVPAT: Polling officers to voters
"Press the button softly in the centre. Don't press hard. Once you press, you can see the symbol you voted for on the VVPAT. Make sure you check the symbol you voted for on the VVPAT," polling officials tell voters.
Kerala records 14.93% voter turnout till 10 am
Kerala records 14.93% voter turnout till 10 am.
This election will decide how future generations would continue Indian legacy: Shashi Tharoor
Lok Sabha elections 2019 will decide how future generations would continue the Indian legacy, Shashi Tharoor said after casting his vote.
#LokSabhaElections2019 is important as people try to rectify conflicts faced by the soul of real India. This will decide how our next generations would continue the Indian legacy. I will continue to be the voice of #Thiruvananthapuram for the next term as well: @ShashiTharoor— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
11.6% voter turnout till 9 am, Maximum recorded in Palakkad
11.6% voter turnout till 9 am. Of this, maximum percentage is recorded in Palakkad and minimum in Ponnani.
EVM issue rectified: DEO at Kovalam booth
Thiruvananthapuram DEO K Vasuki at Kovalam polling booth denied allegations of votes being recorded for BJP on pressing Congress button and said, "The issue there was that the button was not working while voters press the same. The issue has been rectified."
Lok Sabha elections Phase 3: Kerala records 2.48 per cent voter turnout till 9 am
Till 9 am, Kerala has recorded 2.48% of voter turnout in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Majority in Kerala expect change in rule at Centre: A K Antony after voting
"A vast majority of voters from Kerala expect a change in rule at the Centre and hopes to teach the Pinarayi-led state government a lesson. All MPs representing Kerala in the upcoming Lok Sabha sessions will ensure Rahul Gandhi taking over as the next PM," former defence minister A K Antony said after voting in Jagathy, Thiruvananthapuram.
"A vast majority of voters from Kerala expect a change in rule at the Centre and hopes to teach the Pinarayi-led state government a lesson. @RahulGandhi will be the next PM," former defence minister A.K. Antony says after voting in Jagathy, #Thiruvananthapuram. @IndianExpress— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad candidature has excited voters across Kerala: Former CM Oommen Chandy after voting
"Rahul Gandhi's Wayanad candidature has excited voters across the state. UDF is in high hopes of a clean sweep in Kerala this time. Both the BJP-led central government and LDF government in the state has failed to understand the public sentiment," former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy says after voting
Queues at a polling booth in Edappally, Ernakulam
Queues at a polling booth in Edappally, Ernakulam. (Express photo: Vishnu Varma)
I am totally confident of winning:NDA's Kummanam Rajasekharan after casting his vote
Kummanam Rajasekharan, the NDA candidate from Thiruvananthapuram, cast his vote and said, "The support that I have been getting from across Thiruvananthapuram shows how people aspire a big change. I am totally confident of winning." Rajasekharan is pitted against Congress' Shashi Tharoor and C Divakaran (LDF) from the Kerala capital.
EVM malfunctioning in Cherthala too, machine replaced
A similar issue was raised in Cherthala. EVM replaced.
Similar issue raised in #Cherthala as well. EVM replaced after LDF workers protest at booth number 88 in Cherthala (East 40 East NSS Karayogam Booth). #LokSabhaElections2019 | #Decision2019 | @IndianExpress @IExpressSouth— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019
Error found after 76 people cast their votes at booth no. 151
The error was found after 76 people cast their votes. Complaint raised to EC officials
The error was found after 76 people cast their votes. More updates from Booth number 151 (Chovvara), Kovalam. Complaint raised to EC officials; Commission checking the issue now. #LokSabhaElections2019 | #Decision2019 | @IndianExpress @IExpressSouth— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) April 23, 2019