In separate incidents, nine people died near polling booths while waiting for their turn to cast their vote in Kerala for the Lok Sabha election. The state has registered a voter turnout of 77.68%, according to the figures released by the Election Commission.
Thiruvananthapuram: At least nine deaths were reported from various places in Kerala on Tuesday while polling was underway for all 20 Lok Sabha seats.
A housewife, who came to cast her vote in Chokli, Kannur, collapsed while she was standing in queue. The deceased has been identified as Vijaya (64) of Maroli. The body of Vijaya was moved to Indira Gandhi Hospital. Around the same time, another death was witnessed at a polling booth in Vadasserikkara. The deceased has been identified as Chacko Mathai from Pezhumpara.
Ernakulam native Thresya Kutty (72) and Kollam native Mani (63) also died after they reached the respective polling booths to cast their vote on April 23. Kasaragod native KR Baburaj died while going to the polling booth. Palakkad native Malayambalath Mehabooba died at the polling booth.
In Thalayolaparambu, Rosamma Ousep (84) died on her way to the polling booth. In Kannur, Venugopala Marar (72) collapsed while returning home after casting his vote. In Thalassery constituency, Muslim league leader AK Musthafa (52) passed away at the polling station.
Kerala has registered a voter turnout of 77.68%, according to the figures released by the Election Commission. Kannur saw the highest voter turnout at 83.63%, while Thiruvananthapuram witnessed the lowest voting percentage at 73.40%. The Lok Sabha election for the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala were completed in a single phase on Tuesday.
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Last Updated Apr 24, 2019, 1:45 PM IST