Kochi: Over 85 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise in Piravom assembly constituency where by poll was held on Saturday, with both Congress led
United Democratic Front and CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front hoping the tide to be in their favour due to the heavy turnout.
As per provisional figures, 85.6 per cent people had voted by 5 PM when polling drew to a close.
Heavy polling was reported from most of the segments in the constituency. UDF candidate Anoop Thomas and his LDF rival M J Jacob were among the early voters.
Police also registered case against two CPI(M) MLAs Suresh Kurup (Ettumanoor) and Koliyakode N Krishnan Nair (Vamanapuram) under Sections 188 and 126 of the Peoples Representation act. Both the MLAs were found at different polling stations.
Women came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise early in the morning. Of the 1.83 lakh electorate, 93,229 are women.
The by poll was necesseciated following the death of former minister, T M Jacob, father of Anoop Jacob.
With the death of T M Jacob, the UDF strength in the 140 member Kerala Assembly had gone down to 71, while in the LDF camp, the recent resignation of Neyyatinkara MLA, Selvraj has reduced its strength to 67. The counting will be held on Mar 21.