Mumbai: Elections to the 140-member Kerala assembly will be held on 6 April, the Election Commission (ECI) announced on Friday.
For Assembly elections 2021, the number of polling stations in Kerala has been increased from 21,498 to 40,771. The votes will be counted on 2 May.
Assembly elections -Kerala goes to polls on 6th April; counting of votes on 2nd May: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner pic.twitter.com/royFEoITo3
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According to the commission, out of 140 assembly seats, 14 seats are reserved for SC class and two seats for ST class candidates. With this, the Model Code of Conduct came into force immediately after the announcement of election dates.
The term of the Kerala Legislative Assembly will end on 1 June 2021.
In the 2016 Kerala assembly elections, the CPI (M) -led Left Front secured 91 seats in the 140-member assembly. The BJP could only win from Nimom constituency. Pinarayi Vijayan of CPI is the current Chief Minister of Kerala and he is hoping to return to power after the elections.
In the 2019 general elections, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) coalition registered a notable victory, winning 19 out of 20 parliamentary constituencies.
Political parties including the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and other parties have started campaigning before the voting date.
There are two fronts that are contesting – the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the CPM-M-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) are a group of leftist and like-minded parties.
In the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a constituent of the ruling LDF decided to participate with the CPI (M)-led coalition and join the Congress-led front.
The Election Commission has issued a protocol for voting. The commission said that all polling officers would be vaccinated against Kovid-19 before the election.
Central Armed Police Forces will be deployed and special observers from other states will also be nominated to monitor spending during the assembly elections.