THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, April 23: Twenty-nine nominations filed in Kerala on the first day after the election of the assembly were reported in the state, respectively, on behalf of the governor and the Electoral Commission.
There will be no presentation today (being a holiday) and tomorrow (Sunday). This leaves five days an estimated 420 party candidates several fronts, Independent, and other party candidates to file in.
April 29 is the last day for submission of documents. Scrutiny will take place on the next day (April 30). Withdrawals can be made until May 2 Polling is on May 16; The results will be declared on May 19.
According to sources, the first day Friday, the largest number of documents nominations (seven each) were presented in the districts of Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam.
Kasaragode was second with four; Kollam three; Alappuzha, Thrissur and Palakkad three; and Pathanamthitta and Kozhikode, one each, officials said.
Nomination papers may be presented before the tellers between 11 am and 3 pm every day. Only five people, including the candidate, will be allowed in the room.
An applicant must submit the affidavit indicating permanent criminal record if any, assets and liabilities and educational qualifications.
He or she will also have a separate statement indicating whether he/she has enjoyed the benefit of accommodation provided by the government.
With the submission of documents, all campaign expenses incurred by the candidate will be subject to the scrutiny of the Electoral Commission.
Among the prominent candidates who filed papers on the first day included BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan and Congress leader K Muraleedharan (Vattiyoorkavu in Thiruvananthapuram); BJP state president V previous Muraleedharan and CPM leader Kadakampally Surendran (Kazhakkottam, Thiruvananthapuram); Congress leaders Padmaja Venugopal (Thrissur) and Rajmohan Unnithan (Kundara, Kollam).