Mock Polling Conducted in Kerala Ahead of Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Kerala gears up for a high-stakes battle between major political alliances. The second phase of voting on April 26 will be a critical test for the country's political landscape.

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Mock Polling Conducted in Kerala Ahead of Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

Mock Polling Conducted in Kerala Ahead of Second Phase of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

A mock polling exercise was conducted at the Vattiyoorkavu polling station in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, ahead of the second phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The second phase of voting, scheduled for April 26, will cover 88 constituencies across 13 states and union territories, including all 20 parliamentary seats in Kerala.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar stated that the arrangements for the elections have been in place for the last two years, with all necessary facilities such as drinking water and fans provided for the voters. He emphasized the importance of voters coming out to exercise their franchise and assured that security measures have been taken to ensure a peaceful election.

The Kerala Lok Sabha election 2024 is anticipated to witness a high-octane battle between the CPI(M)-led ruling LDF, the Congress-headed UDF, and the BJP-led NDA. Key candidates include Congress leader Rahul Gandhi seeking re-election from Wayanad, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor defending his Thiruvananthapuram seat against Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar of the BJP, and BJP candidate Suresh Gopi contesting from Thrissur.

Why this matters: The second phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be a critical test for the major political alliances in India, particularly in the southern state of Kerala. The outcome of these elections will shape the future political landscape of the country and determine the balance of power in the Indian Parliament.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the UDF won 19 of the 20 seats in Kerala, with the remaining one going to the LDF. The state has over 2.75 crore voters, with more than 5 lakh first-time voters. 66,303 security personnel have been deployed to ensure safe and peaceful polling across 25,231 booths.

"Adequate arrangements have been made for smooth polling, including providing various amenities to voters and ensuring security measures," said Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, emphasizing the Election Commission's readiness for the second phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Key Takeaways

  • Mock polling conducted in Kerala ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha phase 2 elections.
  • CEC Rajiv Kumar assures adequate arrangements and security for smooth polling.
  • Kerala Lok Sabha polls to witness battle between LDF, UDF, and NDA alliances.
  • Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, and Suresh Gopi among key candidates in Kerala.
  • 2024 phase 2 polls crucial for political landscape and power balance in Parliament.