It was a heavy voter turnout across Kerala on Tuesday with all the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies crossing the 70 per cent mark.
Though polling ended at 6 pm, there were queues outside some booths up to 7 pm. While it would take a few more hours to get the exact figures, rough calculations by the election commission pointed to voter turnout crossing the 75.5 per cent mark. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala recorded 73.89 per cent.
It remains to be seen if polling this time would beat the 1989 record of 79.3 per cent.
Kannur, where PK Sreemathi of the LDF is locked with Congress leader K Sudhakaran to retain the seat, recorded the highest turnout of 80.57 per cent.
Wayanad, which hogged the limelight with the candidature of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, came second with 78.45 per cent.
While it was expected that the Muslim League strongholds of Malappuram and Ponnani would lag behind, surprisingly it was Thiruvanthapuram which recorded the lowest at 71.1 per cent. After Wayanad where the margin of Rahul is the point of discussion, Thiruvanthapuram is in focus as surveys have pointed to BJP-led NDA expected to spring a surprise. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is eyeing a hat-trick. BJP has put up its strongman Kummanam Rajasekharan, who resigned as Governor of Mizoram to enter the poll fray. CPI's C Divakaran has made the contest a tough triangular one.
There were minor issues of faulty electronic voter machines (EVM) which were rectified. Complaints about EVMs not registering the votes as cast were reported but poll officials denied such charges.
By evening unfavourable weather conditions owing to rain and thunder did hamper voter turnout. In a polling station at Birikkulam in Kasaragod, voting was temporarily suspended due to heavy rain. The here were complaints of delay in some booths in Kozhikode and in Vadakara, there were reports of indefinite delay in polling at four booths.
Thiruvanthapuram 71.2% UNI