New Delhi: The Election Commission has announced voting in Kerala. All the seats will be voted in one phase on April and counting will take place on May 2.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the election dates at Vigyan Bhavan on Friday, saying that like Bihar assembly elections, voting time in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has been extended by an hour.
The Election Commission said that the Corona guidelines will be fully followed in the election. If the candidate can enroll online then 5 people including the candidate will be allowed for the election campaign. However, roadshows can also be done following the guidelines.
The Election Commissioner said that adequate deployment of CAPF would be ensured for the Assembly elections. Sensitive, highly sensitive areas have been identified and advance deployment has already been done. All election personnel will be vaccinated by Kovid-19 before the elections for the 5 assemblies.
The main contest is between the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-led opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala. But this time the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also pushing very hard to increase its base. Recently, Metroman E Sreedharan, who comes from Kerala, has been included in the party by the BJP. He may be the face of the party in the state. Sreedharan himself has said that if the party gets a majority it would like to become the Chief Minister.
In the 2016 assembly elections, the Communist Party of India won 19 seats in the 140-seat assembly, while the Communist Party of India (Marxist) captured 58 seats. The Congress won 22 seats and the Indian Union Muslim League 18 seats. The Kerala Congress got 6 seats and the Janata Dal (Secular) 3. The BJP was able to win only one seat.