The election outcome is significant as it would indicate the political trend of the state, where the assembly poll is scheduled to be held in mid-2016.

The main contestants - Congress-led ruling UDF, CPI(M) headed LDF Opposition and BJP - fought the polls keenly to six corporations, 86 municipalities, 941 gram panchayats, 152 block panchayats and 14 district panchayats.

A total of 75,549 candidates contested 21,905 wards. Local issues, slew of corruption charges such as bar bribery, solar scam along with the beef controversy and issue of intolerance were some of the main campaign issues.

The results also would test the new non-political 'electoral experiment' of a corporate house to field candidate in association with local people under the banner 'Twenty-Twenty' at Kozhanchery in Ernakulam district.

In the civic polls held in 2010, UDF came to power in Kochi and Thrissur Corporations and LDF in the prestigious Thiruvanthapuram, Kozhikode and Kollam. BJP only managed to get nine corporation wards.

Of the 59 municipalities that went to polls in 2010, UDF won in 39 and LDF in the remaining 20. As per municipality ward results, UDF won in 1097 wards, LDF in 803 and BJP in 79.

A confident Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had maintained during campaigning that the civic polls would be a referendum of the four and half year rule of UDF government and a verdict for continuation of the Front in power.

LDF, which suffered setbacks in the recent Aruvikkara bypoll, had attacked the government by highlighting corruption issues and also the alleged communal agenda of BJP.


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