Kerala Assembly Election Updates: 71% voting recorded

Thiruvananthapuram, May 16: Assembly polls began in Kerala began at 7 am on Monday, May, 16. At least 52,000 police personnel were deployed across Kerala for smooth conduct of today's assembly polls.

Total number of polling booths in the state is 21,498. Get all the live updates from Kerala:

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Catholic nuns show their fingers after casting votes outside a polling booth during the assembly elections in Kochi, Kerala on Monday.

6.30 pm: Kerala registers 71 percentage voting.

6.00 pm: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and CPI-M veteran VS Achuthanandan asserted that their coalitions were set to win the electoral battle.

5.30 pm: 70.35% voting recorded till 5 pm in Kerala.

4.30 pm: VS Achuthananthan casts his vote at 63 number booth in Ambalapuzha, Alapuzha.

4.02 pm: 61.2% voting recorded till 4 pm in Kerala.

3.15 pm: 50.2 % voters turnout recorded till 3pm in Kerala.

2.40 pm: 46.4 percentage voting recorded in Kerala till 2 pm.

2.35 pm: Former FM Thomas Issac cast his vote at Alappuzha Kidangamparambu school.

2.25 pm: Female voters turn up in large numbers in Ernakulam.

2.20 pm: Booths in Ponnani constituency in Kerala witnessed arguments over issue of accepting Adhaar card as identification.

2.10 pm: Kerala has voted out a party every five years because there was not enough development: Congress' Shashi Tharoor.

1.28 pm: BJP files complaint against Pattambi UDF candidate C P Muhammad to Election Commission for bribing voters.

1.25 pm: 45% voting recorded till 1:00 pm in Kerala.

1:10 pm: Kerala registers 40.5% polling by 1 pm (TV Reports)

12.50 pm: 36.4 percenteage polling recorded in Kerala till 12 pm.

12.34 pm: Vellapally Natesan casts his vote at a booth in Kanichukulangara in Alappuzha district.

12.20 pm: PWD Minister VK Ebrahim Kunju waits in queue at Alangad Govt Higher Secondary School to cast his vote.

12.02 pm: Kerala Polling % at 11am. District wise break up:

Kasargod 28.63%,
Kannur 30.04%,
Wayanad 31.03%,
Kozhikode 28.78%,
Malappuram 28.16%
Palakkad 27.94%,
Thrissur 29.27%,
Ernakulam 27.74%,
Idukki 25.03%,
Kottayam 28.81%,
Alappuzha 30.19%,
Pathanamthitta 26.25%,
Kollam 28.68

11.45 am: 30% voter turnout recorded till 11 am in Kerala.

11.27 am: "This time there will be a change," BJP state chief Kummanam Rajasekharan.

11.17 am: People will treat this as an insult to the state and the people: CM Chandy on comparison of Kerala with Somalia by PM Modi.

10.42 am: Actor Mamooty casts his vote.

10.37 am: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor casts his vote at a polling booth in Thiruvananthapuram

10.36 am: CM Oommen Chandy casts his vote in Kottayam, says in Kerala, ground situation is "no to BJP side".

10.34 am: S Sreesanth, the BJP candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, casts his vote at a polling booth in Kochi, Kerala

10.30 am: Chief minister Oommen Chandy cast his vote in Puthupalli constituency.

10.28 am: We are quiet confident about our winning chances, says Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy.

10.23 am: 15% voter turnout recorded in Kerala as of 10 am.

10.05 am: 13.5% voter turnout recorded till 9:30 am in Kerala.

9.53 am: Tribals of Pooppara settlement inside Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Kerala trek for 18 km to cast their votes.

9.47 am: KM Mani casts his vote in Pala; confident about UDF win.

9.18 am: Visuals of BJP's O.Rajagopal after he casts his vote at polling booth in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), voting underway

9.15 am: Coastal areas in Alapuzha register almost 11.16% voting in first two hours.

8.52 am: "As the fist citizen, I ask everyone to cast their votes. Today, I have cast mine," Gov P Sathasivam after casting his vote.

8.47 am: Kerala governor P Sathasivam casts his vote at a polling booth in Jawahar Nagar, Thiruvananthapuram.

8.42 am: Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam waits in line to cast his vote.

8.36 am: Despite the hectic campaign of the Prime Minister, BJP will not be able to open account in Kerala assembly: AK Antony.

8.35 am: Actor Dulquer Salmaan arrives to cast his vote.

8.33 am: Former Meghalaya Governor MM Jacob flies in from Bengaluru to cast his vote.

8.20 am: PM Modi's comparison of Kerala with Somalia has hurt the pride of Malayalis, says Congress leader AK Antony.

8.18 am: No doubt that the UDF will win: Congress leader AK Antony says after casting his vote.

8.15 am: Former Defence Minister and Congress leader AK Antony casts his vote at Jagathy Govt High School in Trivandrum

8.13 am: North Kerala sees heavy polling, at almost 7 per cent till 8 a.m.

8.10 am: Kerala records 4.5 per cent voting till 8 am. 

8.00 am: Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi casts his vote at a polling booth in Thiruvananthapuram.

7.52 am: BJP candidate Sreesanth seen waiting at a booth in Edapally.

7.47 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to come out and cast their votes.

7.44 am: Congress leader Muraleedharan casts his vote in Kerala.

7.42 am: Congress Aruvikkara candidate Sabarinath casts his vote.

7.40 am: People queue up to cast their vote in Kochi.

7.34 am: Rain reported in many parts of Kerala, may slow down polling process.

7.10 am: Voting begins in Kerala, people queue up to cast their vote at a polling booth in Chathamangalam.

7.00 am: Voting begins for assembly electionin Kerala.

6.57 am: Preparations in Thiruvananthapuram's Thampanoor ahead of the assembly polls, voting to begin at 7am.

6.55 am: Total number of polling booths in the state is 21,498.

6.45 am: At least 52,000 police personnel deployed across Kerala for smooth conduct of today's assembly polls.

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