Thiruvananthapuram | Filing of nominations for the May 16 Assembly polls in Kerala will start tomorrow even as parties in the Congress-led ruling UDF, CPI-M headed LDF and BJP alliance have intensifed their campaign.
The notification for the assembly polls would be issued tomorrow and last date for filing of nominations is April 29. Scrutiny would take place on April 30 and last date for withdrawal is May 2.
Meanwhile, Election Department said it would roll out several monitoring and reporting mechanisms such as Mobile App based poll monitoring, Web casting and video recording with the help of Kerala State IT Mission.
The poll day monitoring process starts the day before the actual polling. Smooth flow of poll related information from polling booths to officials, including Chief Electoral officer and Election Commission of India, will be ensured using an android and SMS-based mechanism, an official release said.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, spearheading the UDF campaign along with KPCC President, V M Sudheeran and Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, has already completed one round of electioneering across the state.
93-year-old CPI-M stalwart, V S Achuthanandan, who has started campaigning from North Kerala, is the main campaigner for his party-led LDF.
On the other hand, BJP is approaching voters by presenting itself as the ‘third alternative’ to UDF and LDF.
Chandy and 18 of his cabinet colleagues, eight from Congress and ten from other UDF constituents figure among those fielded for the election.
Congress is contesting 86 of the 140 Assembly seats in the state, leaving the rest to its partners. IUML, second largest UDF partner, has been alloted 24 seats, followed by KC-M 15, JD-U seven, RSP five, KC-J 2 and CMP one seat.
In contrast, CPI-M has fielded candidates in 92 constituencies, CPI-27, JD(S) five, NCP four, Congress (S) 1.
Other parties supporting LDF from outside-Janadhipatiya Kerala Congress four; INL three; Kerala Congress (B), a CMP faction, Kerala Congress scaria, RSP (Leninst) one each.
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