Polling peaceful in Wayanad
Polling for the Assembly election handed off peacefully in the district on Monday. According to preliminary reviews, 74.97 % of voters forged their poll in Wayanad district.
The district witnessed a excessive voter turnout. The proportion in the Kalpetta constituency was 74.3 %, in Sulthan Bathery 74.29 % and in Mananthavady 76.43 %. In the 2016 Assembly polls, Kalpetta constituency witnessed 78.48% polling, Sulthan Bathery 78.32% and Mananthavady 77.67 %.
The district recorded 23.18% polling by 10.15 a.m. The polling proportion rose to 70.01% by 5 p.m., in accordance with District Collector Adeela Abdulla. The polling proportion is more likely to enhance because the State Election Commission is but to launch the ultimate figures.
No untoward incident was reported in the district, Aravind Sukumar, Superintendent of Police, informed The Puucho. Polling was peaceful and largely incident-free, barring minor technical snags in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at just a few polling cubicles, Mr. Sukumar mentioned. The machines had been promptly changed and voting continued uninterrupted.
Despite the COVID-19 risk, voters, together with tribespeople and plantation employees, turned out in giant numbers in the early morning and fashioned lengthy queues outdoors polling cubicles in varied components of the district.
Elaborate safety preparations had been made by the police for the sleek conduct of elections. Paramilitary and police forces had been deployed in 124 cubicles which had been recognized as Left Wing Extremists (LWE) affected cubicles and three-level safety measures had been in place in these cubicles.
In Mananthavady, former minister and UDF candidate P.K. Jayalakshmi forged her vote at Edathana Tribal Government School. NDA candidate in the Sulthan Bathery constituency C.K. Janu forged her vote at Government Lower Primary faculty at Panavally.