A total of about 74.02 percent voters turned out on Tuesday during the Assembly elections in Kerala, the Election Commission of India said.
Voting was held for 140 assembly constituencies of Kerala across 40,771 polling stations.
The Kozhikode district recorded the highest turnout at 77.9 percent, while the Pathanamthitta district recorded the lowest turnout at 68.09 percent. During the 2016 Assembly elections, there was a turnout of 77.35 percent.
The election to 140 assembly seats was "absolutely peaceful, free and fair", Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena told PTI.
Various Politicians including Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala also casted votes with their respective families on Tuesday.
Lower turnouts in Guruvayur and Thalassery constituencies worried the LDF and UDF after BJP candidates’ nomination papers were rejected.
There were reports of minor clashes in some areas. CPM-BJP workers clashed with each other twice at Kazhakootam in the Thiruvananthapuram district and also attempts were made to attack the candidates in Balussery and Arattupuzha.
Voting in Kalpetta of the Wayanad district was suspended for an hour after it was alleged that votes were wrongly recorded by machines. Later the polling resumed after the inspection by election officials.