LSG polls: Counting of votes begin

Thiruvananthapuram: The counting of votes for the hotly-contested local body elections in Kerala has begun.

The elections, which are being seen as a precursor to next year’s Assembly polls in the state, would be an opportunity for all three political fronts — CPI(M)-led LDF, Congress-led UDF and the BJP-led NDA — to demonstrate their strength at the grassroot level.

The elections to 15,962 wards in 941 gram panchayats, 2080 wards in 152 block panchayats, 331 divisions in 14 district panchayats, 3078 wards in 86 municipalities and 414 wards in six municipal corporations were held in three phases on December 8, 10 and 14.