LS Election: Counting underway in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, June 4 (UNI) The counting of the votes polled in April 26 Lok Sabha elections in 20 seats in Kerala began at 8 am on Tuesday amid tight security.

The counting of postal votes and votes polled in EVMs began in all the counting centres in the State. Kerala witnessed high-profile contests in Wayanad, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapurm, Alappuzha, Attingal and Thrissur constituencies.

In Wayanad, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi contested against CPI’s Annie Raja and BJP’s state president K Surendran. In Thiruvananthapuram, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor fought against NDA candidate and Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

In Pathanamthitta, Anil Antony, son of senior Congress leader and former union defence minister AK Antony, fought against CPI(M) leader and former Kerala finance minister Dr Thomas Isaac and sitting Congress MP Anto Antony.

Former Rajya Sabha member and actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi contested from Thrissur against Congress leader K Muraleedharan and former state agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar of CPI.

In Alappuzha, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal fought against sitting MP of CPI(M), AM Ariff and BJP leader Sobha Surendran. Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan contested from Attingal against Congress MP Adoor Prakash and VP Joy of CPI(M).

A few constituencies witnessed a three cornered fight between the Congress-led UDF, the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and BJP-led NDA which is yet to open the account in Kerala. The BJP has turned the electoral battle into a three-horse race in Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Thrissur and Palakkad.

Kerala recorded 71.27 percent polling in the Lok Sabha election on April 26 in the State. Out of the total 27,749,158 voters in the state, 19,777,478 voted through electronic voting machines on April 26. Among these, 9,475,090 were male voters, 10,302,238 were female voters, and 150 were transgender voters.

In the absentee voter category, 180,865 votes were recorded, and in the category for officials on election duty, 41,904 postal votes were recorded.

The highest polling was in the Vadakara constituency with 78.41 percent, where 1,114,950 voters cast their votes. The lowest was in the Pathanamthitta constituency with 63.37 percent, where only 906,051 of 1,429,700 voters cast their votes.

Absentee voters include those over the age of 85, voters with disabilities, those affected by COVID-19, and essential service workers. This includes those who voted from home and those who reached the Voter Facilitation Centers (VFC).

Here are the absentee voter figures by constituency: Thiruvananthapuram-8006, Attingal-11883, Kollam-8599, Alappuzha-11842, Mavelikara-12049, Pathanamthitta-12138, Kottayam-11965, Idukki-7728, Ernakulam-5531, Chalakudy-4339, Thrissur-9133, Malappuram-6013, Ponnani-5330, Palakkad-7630, Alathur-8936, Kozhikode-9524, Vadakara-10059, Wayanad-8100, Kannur-12521, Kasaragod-9539.

The number of postal ballots for officials on election duty is 41,904. The figures for postal votes per constituency are as follows: Thiruvananthapuram-3449, Attingal-2227, Kollam-3468, Alappuzha-3162, Mavelikara-3525, Pathanamthitta-1918, Kottayam-2413, Idukki-1107, Ernakulam-1185, Chalakudy-1428, Thrissur-1931, Malappuram-1007, Ponnani-1117, Palakkad-1668, Alathur-1843, Kozhikode-2341, Vadakara-2800, Wayanad-1477, Kannur-2384, Kasaragod-1454.

For service voters, 57,849 military personnel have applied, and 8,277 votes have been sent as of April 27. Service votes will continue to be accepted until the counting begins.

In this Lok Sabha election, 30,238 electronic voting machines were used in the state. A total of 63,100 bottles of ink were used to prevent fraudulent voting during the election.

Kerala recorded 77.67% polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and 74.06% in the 2021 Assembly elections.

In the 2019, the Congress-led UDF won 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in Kerala. The CPI(M)-led LDF had to settle for just a single seat. The BJP-led NDA having 13 % vote share could not win any seat.

The election results will be available in real-time on the Election Commission’s website and the Voter Helpline app.

The election results will be accessible live through the website, using the Election Commission’s ENCORE software.

As each round of vote counting is completed, the results will be directly provided by the Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) from the counting centers, and this real-time data will be available on the website.

This is the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results from all constituencies in the country will be made available through a unified system.

Real-time information will also be accessible through the Election Commission’s Voter Helpline app. By clicking on the “Election Results” menu on the home page, users will be directed to the “Trends and Results” page, where detailed information about the results will be available.

The Voter Helpline app can be downloaded and used from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Media centers have been set up at all counting centers in the state.

Election results by Lok Sabha constituency will be available on digital display boards at these centers.

The trial of the Election Commission’s ENCORE software, which will be used for centralized result announcement by making the vote counting results available in real-time on the computer network, was successfully completed on Friday last.

List of candidates in all 20 seats in Kerala are given below.


INC Rajmohan Unnithan

CPI(M) MV Balakrishnan

BJP ML Ashwini


INC K. Sudhakaran

CPI(M) MV Jayarajan

BJP C Raghunath


INC Shafi Parambil

CPI(M) K. K. Shailaja

BJP Prafulla Krishna


INC Rahul Gandhi

CPI Annie Raja

BJP K Surendran


INC MK Raghavan

CPI(M) Elamaram Kareem

BJP MT Ramesh


IUML ET Mohammed Basheer

CPI(M) V Vaseef

BJP M Abdul Salam


IUML Abdussamad Samadani

CPI(M) K.S. Hamza

BJP Niveditha Subramanian


INC VK Sreekandan

CPI(M) A Vijayaraghavan

BJP C KrishnaKumar

Alathur (SC)

INC Ramya Haridas

CPI(M) K. Radhakrishnan

BJP TN Sarasu


INC K Muraleedharan

CPI VS Sunil Kumar

BJP Suresh Gopi


INC Benny Behanan

CPI(M) C Raveendranath

BDJS KA Unnikrishnan


INC Hibi Eden

CPI(M) KJ Shine

BJP KS Radhakrishnan


INC Dean Kuriakose

CPI(M) Joice George

BDJS Sangeetha Vishwanathan


KC(J) K Francis George

KC(M) Thomas Chazhikadan

BDJS Thushar Velapally


INC KC Venugopal

CPI(M) AM Ariff

BJP Sobha Surendran

Mavelikara (SC)

INC Kodikunnil Suresh

CPI CA Arun Kumar

BDJS Baiju Kalasala


INC Anto Antony

CPI(M) Thomas Issac

BJP Anil Antony


RSP NK Premachandran

CPI(M) Mukesh Madhavan

BJP G Krishnakumar


INC Adoor Prakash

CPI(M) V Joy

BJP V Muraleedharan


INC Shashi Tharoor

CPI Pannyan Raveendran

BJP Rajeev Chandrasekhar

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