Ernakulam: The second phase of the local body elections in Kerala began in five districts on Thursday.

According to the figures provided by the state election commission as of 10 am, an overall 20.45% polling has been recorded in the first two hours.

Voting is under way for the second phase of Kerala local body elections in the five southern districts -- Ernakulam, Kottayam, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad.

The second phase of polling involves two corporations, 36 municipalities, five district panchayats, 58 block panchayats and 350 gram panchayats.

As many as 12,643 polling booths have been set up and webcasting has also been introduced in 473 problematic polling booths. A total of 63,187 personnel have been deployed for election duty.

There are 51,28,361 women voters and 47,28,489 male voters in the second phase.

The Ernakulam district, which includes the Kochi corporation, has 2,045 wards in 111 local bodies. 3,132 polling booths have been set up in the district for 25,900,200 voters. There are 272 problematic booths. 15,660 personnel have been deployed for election duty in the district.

7,255 candidates will be competing in the Ernakulam district, including 400 in Kochi. Besides the corporation, the polls will be held at 82 grama panchayats, 14 block panchayats, 13 municipalities and one district panchayat in Ernakulam.

The first of the three-phase election in the state witnessed a voter turnout of 72.67%, with 98,57,208 voters participants, including 51,28,361 females, 47,28,489 males, 93 transgenders and 265 NRIs. The final phase will be held on December 14. Votes will be counted on December 16.