The opposition UDF filed a complaint with the State Election Commission against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan alleging breach of the election code of conduct prior to the final phase of the Kerala local body polls. Congress leader KC Joseph said that the declaration of a free COVID-19 vaccine by Pinarayi Vijayan for the citizens of the state is a breach of the model code of conduct.
KC Joseph, Deputy Congressional Leader in the Legislative Assembly, lodged a complaint with State Election Commissioner V Bhaskaran. Mr. Vijayan announced that the vaccine for COVID-19 will be made available free of charge. According to the State Election Commission, on December 10, Kerala reported 76.38 percent of the turnout of voters in the second phase of local body elections held in five districts on Thursday.
A 72.67 percent voter turnout was registered on 8 December in the first phase of the Kerala local body polls held in five districts. The local body elections are seen as a pointer to the assembly elections scheduled for May in a three-corned battle between the Left Democratic Front (LDF), the Unified Democratic Front (UDF), and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Three phases of local body surveys are being conducted in Kerala, with the final phase on 14 December. On December 16, the votes will be counted.