Recording an impressive voter turnout of  72.57%, the single phase polling to 140 constituencies in Kerala concluded at 6 pm on Monday. Long queues are reported across the state and in some polling stations, the voting is taking place at a slow pace still. 

 

At Thanoor at Malappuram for example, nearly 400 voters were waiting for their turn in some polling stations when the polling officially ended at 6 pm. 

 

The polling percentage is likely to go up as Election Commission has allowed extra time for voters due to heavy rain at certain parts of the state. All the voters who are in queue at 6pm will be allowed to vote, the officials informed. 

 

As per the figures released by the Election Commission, the highest voting rate was reported from Wayanad and Kannur where 78% of  the voters exercised their franchise.

 

 Pathanamthitta and Idukki district remained the lowest in voting rate with 61.83% and 65.97% respectively. Thiruvananthapuram, which witnessed high profile contests, recorded low turnout 67.77%. Reports from various districts show that the polling was relatively low in the southern districts as compared to the north.