March 17th, 2012
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Piravom election in full swing



Kochi: Polling for the crucial Piravom by elections, that is eagerly observed by both the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and opposition Left Democratic Front (LDF), began this morning amidst tight security.  The polling that commenced at 7 am will conclude at 5pm. Heavy turn out was witnessed even in the morning. Brisk voting was reported with polling percentage crossing 10 per cent within an hour of commencement of voting. Polling percentage at 10 clock has been recorded at 51.46%.


The candidates cast their vote this morning and visited the voters at various other booths. UDF candidate Anoop Jacob and his family is said to have arrived at Manathur Government High School booth number 107 to vote at 7 in the morning. While talking to the media he seemed to be calm composed and confident. “Victory is certain”, said Anoop Jacob.

LDF candidate MJ Jacob cast his vote at Manimalathekunnu College. He had to wait in the queue for more than one hour before he could cast his vote. while talking to the media he said, “The high turn out is a good sign for the LDF and we are very optimistic.”

In this decisive election UDF candidate Anoop Jacob, LDF candidate MJ Jacob and BJP candidate KR Rajagopal are among the nine contenders for power. Counting of votes would be held on March 21.

piravom-electionPiravam has a total of 1.83,493 voters for whom 134 polling booths, of which 26 have been identified as sensitive, have been arranged for casting the votes. State chief electoral officer Nalini Netto said all arrangements are in place and there are 93,245 women and 89,925 male voters.The constituency had witnessed a 79.51-percent voter turnout in the 2001 election and this is expected to go up this time.


The bypoll was necessitated following the death of former Food and Civil supplies minister, TM Jacob, father of Anoop Jacob. With his death, the UDF strength in the 140-member assembly has gone down to 71, while in the LDF camp, the recent resignation of Neyyatinkara MLA, Selvraj (CPM), has reduced its strength to 67. The by-election is as important as the 2011 assembly polls, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) alliance scraped through with a wafer thin majority, which enabled Oommen Chandy to form the new government.



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