Kerala 2020 local election results LIVE updates: Congress candidate N Venugopal loses to 1-vote rival BJP in Kochi

Kerala 2020 local election results LIVE updates: Congress candidate N Venugopal lost to BJP candidate in North Island section of Kochi Corporation with just one vote

Election results for local bodies in Kerala 2020 LATEST updates: Congress candidate for mayor N Venugopal lost to the BJP candidate in the North Island section of Kochi Corporation by just one vote.

The BJP continues to hold leadership in Palakkad, the only urban body it has won in 2015 local body polls.

According to early trends provided by the state election commission, LDF leads five polling stations in Thiruvananthapuram, four polling stations in Varkala municipality and one polling station in Neyyattinkara.

The counting of votes started today at 8 am for 21,893 polling stations from 1,200 local bodies that participated in the vote in three phases. At polling stations, postal votes will be counted first, followed by ballot papers cast by COVID-19 patients and then those discharged via EVMs.

All eyes are on the results of key polls by local bodies in Kerala – considered semi-final ahead of next year’s Assembly elections – as the number of votes is scheduled to start today at 8 am (Wednesday, December 16).

Overall, the surveys for a total of 21,893 sections in 1,200 local bodies (panchayats, municipalities and corporations) took place in three stages under strict conditions. COVID-19 rules. Voters were asked to sanitize their hands as they entered and left polling stations.

Voters, who were COVID-19 positive or those in quarantine after 3pm on Wednesday were allowed to vote in their respective stands in the evening after other voters exercised their franchise.

The third phase reports the largest survey

Polls for the third and final phase of local body polls ended on December 14, with the state election commission reporting a total turnout of 78.62 percent in the fourth northern district surveyed.

According to details provided by the SEC, Kozhikode district recorded the highest participation with 78.98% in the final phase, followed by Malappuram (78.86%) and Kannur (77.54%). Kasaragod recorded the lowest turnout at 77.14 percent.

Surveys were held in the four districts to elect representatives in 6,867 sections from 354 local bodies, including two corporations and 31 municipalities.

Of the 10,842 polling stations, 1,105 were identified as sensitive and internet broadcasting facilities and special security arrangements were introduced, state Electoral Commission (SEC) officials said.

Elections were postponed in two sections – Thillankeryward in the Kannur Panchayat district and the Thathoor division in Mavoor Panchayat in Kozhikode – due to the death of the candidates.

Quick survey in the second phase

The second phase of the elections took place on December 10 for two corporations, 36 municipalities, 350 village panchayats, 58 block panchayats and five district panchayats in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad districts.

The general poll in the second phase was 76.78 percent, with the highest turnout in Wayanad District (79.39 percent) and the lowest in Kottayam, at 73.89 percent.

Ernakulam reported 77.02% turnout, Thrissur 74.92%, Palakkad 77.83%. The two corporations – Kochi and Thrissur – registered 61.90% and 63.62%, respectively.

According to reports, the second phase included a total of 8,116 sections in 451 local bodies in the second phase. Out of a total of 12,643 polling stations in the second phase, 473 were identified as sensitive and an internet broadcasting facility was set up there.

A 58-year-old woman fainted while returning after casting her vote for the Wayanad district ballot box and later died on the way to the district hospital, officials said. District special sector police have identified the deceased as Devi of the Varinilam colony at nearby Thrissilleri in Thirunelli panchayat.

Bathery Police Station, ASI Mathew, said Chief Civil Police Officer Karunakaran (45) collapsed and died while on duty at a polling booth in the School of Sleep near Sulthan Bathery in Wayanad around 13:00.

The lowest presence in the first phase

The first round of voting ended on December 8, during which voters voted to elect representatives for 6,910 polling stations in 395 local bodies in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Idukki districts.

The first phase for the southernmost districts registered a participation of 73.12 percent.

Two people died after casting their ballots in the first round of voting on Tuesday.

LDF expects an iconic victory

As reported earlier, the main goal of the LDF during the campaign was the achievements of the Pinarayi Vijayan government for four and a half years.

Effective settlement of social protection pensions, measures taken to address coronavirus the pandemic and the implementation of various programs through the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Board (KIIFB) and the high-tech school project were among the various initiatives supported as achievements of the left government during the campaign.

Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who voted in the final phase of the election, expressed confidence that the LDF in government will achieve an impressive victory in crucial polls of local bodies, considered a curtain raiser for next year’s Assembly elections future.

“The left front will get an iconic victory in the polls. Those who voted so far have given us great support,” he told Kannur reporters.

Earlier, LDF convener A Vijayaraghavan said that the ruling front is confidently facing civic polls and that recent controversies against the government have not affected its image.

The remarkable contributions of the left-wing government in agriculture, education, health and social welfare and its effective intervention during the year COVID-19 and the floods would help the ruling front gain maximum seats, he said.

The UDF, led by the Opposition Congress, focused on controversies over the gold smuggling case, alleged corruption over the Life Mission project and allegations against the campaign chief minister’s office.

They also raised during the local campaign the arrest and imprisonment of Secretary of State Kodiyeri Balakrishnan’s son, Bineesh’s son, in a money laundering and drug laundering case in Bengaluru and Balakrishnan’s unexpected withdrawal as Secretary of State. of the party civic polls.

Mullappally Ramachandran, chairman of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), said the UDF was facing civic polls with the slogan “a vote against corruption”.

He said the multi-level corruption of the left-wing government had been exposed, and the ruling front was facing strong opposition from the general public and would be reflected in civic polls.

However, cases of vigilance against various UDF leaders and the arrest of its deputies VK Ibrahim Kunju and MC Kamaruddin in corruption cases were an obstacle for them during the campaign.

As for the NDA, the election would show whether or not the various development programs initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government at the center have helped the party find a place in the bipolar policy led by LDF and UDF for decades.

With entries from PTI

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