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Fronts pin hope on higher voter turnout in Thrikkakara

M.P. Praveen


96.59% voting in booth at S P Yogam LPS, Ponnurunni

Average polling in municipal areas is 76%


KOCHI: Both the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) camps are optimistic about the outcome in the newly-formed Thrikkakara Assembly constituency.

The polling percentage of 73.62, they claim, was in keeping with their expectations.

LDF candidate M.E. Hassainar is pinning his hopes on the high voter turnout in Thrikkakara municipal areas, where he claims to have significant influence. Benny Behanan, the UDF candidate, on the other hand falls back on, what he regards as, unprecedented polling within the city limits.

Thrikkakara constituency, which was carved out of the Tripunithura constituency, is made up of 16 divisions of the Kochi Corporation — 27 to 35, and divisions 37, 38, 39, 44, 49, and 50 — and 14 wards of the Thrikkakara municipality.

Average polling

The average polling percentage in 100 polling stations within the Corporation limits stood at 72.53 per cent compared to about 76 per cent polling in the remaining 39 polling booths within the limits of the municipality.

In the city limits, the highest voter turnout of 96.59 per cent was recorded in the booth at S P Yogam LPS, Ponnurunni, within the limits of division 31. Here 792 out of the 820 voters cast their votes. In the local body election held last year, the UDF candidate in this division had defeated the LDF rival by a comfortable margin of 1,001 votes.

Another 17 booths within the city limits recorded polling in excess of 80 per cent. The lowest voter turnout of 56.75 per cent was registered at the booth set up for the voters of divisions 27 and 39 at the Government H.S.S, Elamkulam West. Only 857 of the 1,510 voters turned up here.

The highest voter turnout in the municipal limits of 90.47 per cent was recorded at a booth set up at the Government UPS, Thengode.

Another seven booths within the municipal limits have also recorded polling in excess of 80 per cent. The lowest turnout of 65.07 per cent was recorded at a booth in Mar Athanasious H.S. Kakkanad.

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