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Three file nominations

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Three candidates contesting the Assembly election from the district filed their nominations on Tuesday.

All the three were candidates of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI). Jayan Chandran filed the nomination from Angamaly constituency, Shobha from Aluva, and Usha Mohankumar from Piravom.

None of the candidates had filed nominations in the first two days after the Central Election Commission notified the election last Saturday.

With the Election Commission hiking the deposit amount for this election to Rs. 10,000 from the previous Rs. 5,000, many “also-ran candidates” may be discouraged from contesting this time, it is pointed out. Candidates will forfeit the deposit amount if they fail to secure at least one-sixth of the total polled votes.

Previous editions of the election witnessed many a candidate disappearing from the fray after filing the nominations with their sole intention being gaining popularity through the process of filing nominations.

EVMs inspected

The second phase inspection of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) has been completed. During the inspection, 163 control units and 15 ballot units were found to be defective.

The inspection was carried out by a delegation of 18 engineers from the Electronic Corporation of India Limited. EVMs meant for Thrissur district alone remain to be collected. Those meant for Kottayam, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, and Palakkad districts have been collected by the officials concerned.

Ernakulam will have at its disposal 4,000 EVMs for its own election process. With a total number of polling booths of 1,999, the district would require at the most 2,500 machines, including the reserve ones.

21.85 lakh voters

The total number of voters in the district has touched 21,85,870 as on March 11. Any further significant changes in the number are unlikely. Though the Election Commission has instructed enlisting of voters till two days before voting, it is said to be a difficult proposition considering the procedures involved.

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