KOCHI: With the LDF and UDF engaged in close fighting in several constituencies in the district, postal votes are likely to prove decisive. The Election Commission facilitated 47,892 postal votes in the Ernakulam district, which has 14 assembly seats. Of the total mail-in votes, 45,878 have been polled as of Friday, officials said. Mail-in ballots are expected to reach the respective returning officers by 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Piravom constituency has the highest number of postal votes – 5,252 – while Kochi (2,168) has the lowest. In Kunnathunad, who witnessed a four-corner fight, the corresponding figure is 3851. This time the number of postal ballots increased as the Election Commission identified absent voters who were not in attendance. able to go to voting booths to exercise their right to vote. People positive for Covid, people in quarantine, people with reduced mobility, people over 80 and employees of essential services on electoral missions.
Kunnathunad, Tripunithura and Kothamangalam are among the constituencies where postal votes could decide the winners in tight contests. However, the district vice president of Congress, Mohammed Shiyas, dismissed reports that postal votes are likely to play a crucial role. Only Kunnathunad even has a low possibility of such a situation, he said.
“Kalamassery, Vypeen and Thrikkakara only have around 2,000 postal votes,” he said. At the same time, he said, the UDF, in light of widespread complaints about postal ballots, has trained its counting officers to monitor ballots that flout the instructions of the Election Commission. . normal votes to decide the winner. Mail-in voting for members of the essential service sector took place at special centers in 14 districts of the district assembly.