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Chengannur Election Result 2018: The Chengannur by-election result 2018 has been declared today, May 31. CPM’s Saji Cherian has emerged victorious. The counting will begin at 8 am but early trends are expected to be available by 9 am itself. The counting will take place at Christian College in Chengannur. Chengannur by-election results will be a sort of litmus test for all the three parties- CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP especially the Congress and BJP after the Karnataka elections debacle. Catch the live updates on Chengannur by-election result here. Also Read - BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra Hospitalised With COVID-19 Symptoms

For security reasons, the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) kept at the strongroom would have been shifted to the counting centre by 6 am itself. The strongroom will be opened in the presence of election observer K.D. Kunjam. It must be noted that Postal ballot papers will be counted first. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State police personnel have been deployed at the counting centre to provide security. Also Read - Virat Kohli Should Divorce Anushka Sharma For Making 'Pataal Lok': BJP Minister Nandkishor Gurjar Gets Trolled For Bizarre Remark

The Chengannur constituency located in Alappuzha district of Kerala held the elections on May 28 and a total of around 73 per cent people voted in the bypolls. The untimely death of CPM legislator KK Ramachandra Nair in January had all the three parties rushing to the forefront to fill in the place. CPM’s Saji Cheriyan, D Vijaykumar from Congress and PS Sreedharan Pillai from BJP are in the fray fighting this triangular fight. Apart from these three, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Aam Aadmi Party, Ambedkarite Party of India and 10 other independent candidates are fighting for this constituency. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0

At least 150 polling booths and 17 auxiliary booths were set up across the constituency. Security personnel at nearly 20 sensitive booths as well as surveillance cameras had been installed.