Kannur: Among the districts in Kerala that have traditionally favoured the Left Democratic Front (LDF) against the United Democratic Front (UDF), Kannur, also the native district of most of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), has shown its upper hand unabated.
Although the district headquarters Kannur itself is a pro-UDF bastion, the 2016 assembly election had seen LDF's Kadannappally Ramakrishnan winning with an unenviable majority of fewer than 2000 votes against Congress district chief Satheeshan Pacheni.
Both candidates are facing each other this time too, but the latest figures show Satheeshan leading. However, fortunes have been swinging either way as counting progresses.
In Dharmadam, a centre of attraction as the constituency where incumbent chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan is contesting, the LDF has steadily maintained its lead during voting.
Total seats in the district: 10. LDF leads in nine and UDF in one
Seats, leading front and lead below:
Payyannur: LDF 17981
Kalliassery: LDF 14254
Taliparamba: LDF 4197
Irikkur: LDF 1484
Kannur: LDF 2056
Dharmadam: LDF 4681
Thalassery: LDF 12485
Kuthuparamba: LDF 7986
Mattanur: LDF 12871
Peravoor: LDF 1124