60% voting recorded in Kerala

60% voting recorded in Kerala
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 07 20 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 07 20 PM IST
Thiruvananthapuram: About 60% of the 2.18 crore voters on Thursday exercised their franchise in Kerala as per initial estimates.
The voting for all 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state was peaceful barring some incidents of altercations between rival sides at some booths.
The main contest in most constituencies is between the ruling CPI(M)-controlled LDF and the Congress-led UDF.
Meanwhile, two persons, who had come to vote in Kottayam and at Atholi in Kozhikode, collapsed and died, police said, adding the deaths were due to natural causes.
According to official sources, the final voting figure was expected to be higher than 60% but may not touch the 2004 figure of 71.45%.
Snags in Electronic Voting Machine held up voting temporarily at a couple of places but they were rectified soon for resumption of voting.
Prominent candidates whose fate had been sealed included former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor of Congress in Thiruvananthapuram, union minister and IUML leader E Ahamed in Malappuram, six sitting CPI-M MPs and three sitting Congress MLAs. In the last elections, the left front had swept the polls, winning 18 seats.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 16 2009. 07 20 PM IST