Kottayam: The stage is set for the much-anticipated by-election in the Puthuppally assembly constituency, scheduled to take place tomorrow. As the political landscape in the region heats up, six candidates are vying for the opportunity to represent the constituency in the state assembly.
The candidates from various political backgrounds include Lijin Lal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Adv. Chandi Oommen of the Indian National Congress (INC), Jaick C. Thomas from the CPI (M), Luke Thomas representing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and independent candidates P.K. Devdas and Shaji Santosh Pulikal.
A total of 1,76,417 voters are eligible to cast their votes in the by-election, reflecting a diverse electorate comprising 90,281 women, 86,132 men, and, notably, four transgender individuals. Additionally, there are 957 newly registered voters in the constituency, underscoring the dynamic nature of the electoral process.
The logistical preparations for the by-election are well underway, with the distribution of polling materials scheduled to commence at Baselios College in Kottayam at 7 a.m. today. 54 vehicles has been prepared to transport polling officials to their designated polling booths. Moreover, 228 voting machines are set to be deployed, along with 19 additional VV (voter verified) pads, to ensure a smooth and efficient voting process.
The anticipation is building as the residents of Puthuppally get ready to exercise their democratic rights. However, the ultimate decision rests with the voters, who will determine the fate of the six candidates on the ballot.
The counting of the votes is slated to occur on Friday, with political pundits and the candidates themselves eagerly awaiting the results that will determine the next representative for the Puthuppallyconstituency.