Thiruvananthapuram, April 23: Voting in Kerala’s 20 Lok Sabha constituencies, concluded on Tuesday.
Kerala recorded 54.95 per cent polling till 5 p.m, as per the Election Commission.
Right from early morning, people were seen queuing up to cast their votes.
At the Ernakulam constituency, Congress candidate Hibi Eden and his wife were the first voters, at the Mamangalem polling booth.
“Everything looks fine for us, here and expect to come out with shining colours,” said Eden to the media soon after he cast his vote, while his wife said this is the first time that she is casting her vote for her husband.
At the Chalakudy constituency, where ace comedian and sitting Lok Sabha member Innocent seeking his second victory as the CPI-M supported Independent candidate was also spotted in the queue to cast his vote along with his family.
At Kollam, the Congress led UDF candidate N.K. Premachandran along with his wife also cast his vote, early itself.
“As a candidate, I had to face a lot of smear campaign, but now I am confident, that I will win with ease,” said Premachandran.
In an unusual incident, snake was found at a polling booth in Kannur’s Kandakai. Polling resumed after the snake was caught.
A record 227 candidates are contesting for the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, which went to the polls in the phase three of elections.
Ahead of the poll, the officials had conducted a mock polling of 50 votes to ensure that everything functions well.
Poll officials found that at some booths, some voting machines failed to function and those where replaced.
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CM P. Vijayan queues up to casts vote