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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan standing in a queue to vote for general elections in the state. All 20 seats in Kerala will be decided on Tuesday, in the third phase of polling. Photo credit: Special arrangement
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan standing in a queue to vote for general elections in the state. All 20 seats in Kerala will be decided on Tuesday, in the third phase of polling. Photo credit: Special arrangement

Heavy polling in Kerala, despite wide scale complaints of faulty EVMs

  • Provisional estimates put the voter turnout in Kerala around 77%
  • The high turnout was despite allegations of faulty voting machines in several places, and a generally hot weather

Kerala saw one of its highest turnouts in general elections. The final numbers are not out yet, but provisional estimates put the turnout as around 77%. The final figures might go even higher, since the officials allowed people standing in line even after 6pm closing time to vote. The last general election saw 73% turnout.

The high turnout was despite allegations of faulty voting machines in several places, and a generally hot weather. It was also an unusually peaceful elections, except for sporadic instances of violence in high profile seats such as Kannur and Vadakara. Around 11 voters died while standing in the queues, but Election Commission said prima facie these are natural deaths.

The figures are remarkable given Kerala had any allegations of misconduct such as voters being bribed, like it usually happens in other southern states. But the campaign was fierce, with a complex web of issues at play, ranging from the vexed protests against women entry in Sabarimala temple to anti-incumbency against the state and the central government to the impact of distinctive candidates including Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

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