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Last Updated Friday October 30 2020 10:28 AM IST

Chengannur bypoll: Polling highest in three decades

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Chengannur bypoll: Polling highest in three decades The highest polling percentage ever witnessed in an Assembly election at Chengannur constituency was in 1960 - 87.02.

Chengannur: The 76.8 % polling recorded in Monday’s Assembly byelection at Chengannur is the highest in three decades. Though the final figure may vary slightly, it would still be the next highest after the polling percentage of the election held in 1987, which had been 79.69.

However, this year’s by-election has set a record in the total number of votes polled. Preliminary figures indicate that around 8,000 more voters exercised their franchise this time, compared to the last Assembly elections.

The highest polling percentage ever witnessed in an Assembly election at Chengannur constituency was in 1960 - 87.02. This election was held immediately after the Liberation Struggle (Vimochana Samaram).

Elections since 1957

The following is a glance at the elections held in Chengannur since 1957, in the order of year, electorate, votes polled and polling percentage.

• 1957 – 56163, 37218, 66.27%

• 1960 – 59031, 51369, 87.03%

• 1965 – 67502, 52818, 78.25%

• 1967 – 66153, 52707, 79.67%

• 1970 – 74979, 60907, 81.23%

• 1977 – 81710, 65678, 80.38 %

• 1980 – 94230, 71953, 76.36%

• 1987 – 101116, 80578, 79.69%

• 1991 – 120775, 87711, 72.62%

• 1996 – 121066, 86989, 71.85%

• 2001 – 131196, 94522, 72.05%

• 2006 – 121105, 87139, 71.95%

• 2011 – 176875, 125374, 70.88%

• 2016 – 197372, 145518, 73.73%

• 2018 (preliminary figures) – 199340, 154000, 76.8%.

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