Ekm district sees sharp decline in polling
Kochi: Giving anxiety to candidates and political parties, Ernakulam district witnessed sharp decline in total voter turnout in the assembly elections held on Tuesday, compared to the polls in 2016. The district recorded only 74.14% polling by 8:45pm on Tuesday as against 79% in 2016.
Once again, most residents in Kochi city and adjoining areas validated that they do not want to be part of the democratic system, in contrast to their counterparts in rural areas of Ernakulam.
Ernakulam, Kochi and Thrikkakara constituencies, situated in the city and adjoining areas, witnessed lower voter turnout compared to the other 11 constituencies. Ernakulam, Thrikkakara and Kochi constituencies recorded voter turnout of 65.91%, 69.27% and 69.81%, respectively whereas the remaining constituencies 70% polling before the scheduled closing time of 6pm.
Kunnathunad recorded the highest polling with 80.99%. In 2016, five constituencies — Kalamassery, Paravur, Kunnathunad, Piravom and Kothamangalam — had recorded more than 80% polling.
There were 24,71,518 eligible voters in 2016 with 19,71,526 of them taking part in the polling. In 2021, the district witnessed an increase of 1,77,822 persons, with total voting list of 26,49,340. With Ernakulam recording 74.14% polling till 8:45pm on Tuesday, 19,63,882 voters exercised their franchise.
There was only a single voter from the transgender community in 2016. This year, 27 transgender persons have found their names included in the voters’ list. But only 10 of them turned up for voting on Tuesday.
Courtesy : TNN