STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Mammootty casts vote as Central Kerala districts see over 40 percent polling by 1 pm

At a polling booth in Kochi where actor Mammootty came to cast his vote, heated arguments took place between voters and fans of the actor who crowded the entrance to catch a glimpse of him

Published: 06th April 2021 01:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2021 01:58 PM   |  A+A-

Actor Mammooty coming out of the polling booth with his wife Sulfath after casting his vote in the assembly election at CKS LP School in Ponnurunni in Kochi (Photo: A Sanesh)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Nearly six hours into polling, people are coming out to vote in large numbers in Thrissur, Palakkad, Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts. All these districts in central Kerala have registered over 40 percent polling by 12.30 pm.

At a polling booth in Kochi where actor Mammootty came to cast his vote, heated arguments took place between voters and fans of the actor who crowded the entrance to catch a glimpse of him.

Mammootty and his wife cast their votes at Christ King Girl's school in Ponnurruny. In the local body polls held in December 2020, Mammootty couldn't cast his vote as the actor's name was missing in the voter's list.

ALSO READ: CPM workers thrash presiding officer at Kerala polling booth near Payyannur

Though there are 27 transgender voters in Ernakulam district, only five had cast their votes till 1 pm.

An incident of bogus voting was reported at Vypeen when a voter found that someone else had already cast his ballot. The maximum number of male votes have been polled in Tripunithura constituency (48.76 percent at 1 pm) followed by Angamaly (47.6 percent). The least number of male votes have been polled in Ernakulam constituency (41.77 percent). Kunnathunadu constituency, where Twenty20 is putting up a tight fight against the LDF and UDF, has registered the highest voter turnout of 43.55 percent in Ernakulam district at 1 pm.

Kochi constituency where former Mayor Tony Chammany, who is in quarantine for one week after he tested positive for COVID-19, is contesting on a UDF ticket has recorded the least voter turnout of 37.90 per cent at 1 pm.

At Udumbamchoola in Idukki district, BJP workers blocked a group of 13 persons who came from Tamil Nadu. The BJP workers alleged that the group had come to cast bogus voting. Police have taken the 13 persons into custody.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp