Brisk polling was witnessed in various places in Kerala on Tuesday. Despite the soaring temperatures, long queues were seen in various constituencies. The state had witnessed a fierce campaign in the run up to the polls by the ruling CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Opposition Congress led United Democratic Front (UDF) and the BJP led NDA.
The total electorate in the state includes 1,32,83,724 male voters, 1,41,62,025 female voters and 290 transgenders, according to Election Commission figures. Counting of votes to be done on May 2.
Here are some images from the battleground:
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan casting his vote at a polling station in Dharmadom, Kannur.
Voters queued up at a polling centre in AUPS Ambalapad in Thrissur district. Photo; Russel Shahul
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala with his family members leaving the polling station at the Mannarasala UP School in Alappuzha district after casting his vote. Photo: Sajith Babu
A queue of voters in Thrithala. Photo: Manorama
Two voters, Omana and Lalithamma, showing their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their votes at the Government Higher Secondary School in Venjaramoodu, Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: RS Gopan
A polling official distributing sanitizer to a voter at the voting centre in Govt Ashramam LPS, Puliyannoor, Kottayam. Photo: Harilal SS
Kerala Congress (M) chief and LDF candidate Jose K Mani arriving with his family to cast vote at the polling station at St. Thomas HSS, Pala.
A web casting monitoring centre at the Thiruvananthapuram Collectorate.
Voters waiting in queue at a polling booth at the St Thomas High School, Thottackad, in Kottayam district. Photo: Rijo Joseph
Officials organizing the polling materials at a voting centre in Kothamangalam. Photo: Josekutty Panackal
Voting machines and other materials ready for distribution at a voting centre. Photo: Josekutty Panackal
Officials organizing the distributed polling materials at a voting centre in Kothamangalam. Photo: Josekutty Panackal
Young voters wearing gloves before entering the polling booth in Muvattupuzha government UP school. Photo: Josekutty Panackal
People return on a country boat after casting their votes at a polling booth in Mayam Kadavu, Amboori in Thiruvananthapuram district. Photo: Manoj Chemancheri