"It is for the first time that Communist Party of India is fielding a candidate - Najmudheen C.T. - from this Scheduled Tribes reserved constituency."
Thiruvananthapuram, April 10 - Up to 71.36 percent of the electorate voted Thursday in Lakshadweep in peaceful polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat, said an official.

India's smallest union territory Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands, and has an electorate of less than 50,000.

There was 71.36 percent voting till 5 p.m. and the voting is going on even after 6 p.m., an official of the Lakshadweep chief electoral office told IANS.

Six candidates are in the fray.

Forty-four polling stations were set up for the voting that began at 7 a.m., officials added.

The Congress has dominated Lakshadweep ever since its first Lok Sabha elections in 1967, except for the 2004 polls when the Janata Dal - won.

Incumbent Congress MP Hamdullah Sayeed, 31, was the youngest member of the 15th Lok Sabha.

It is for the first time that Communist Party of India is fielding a candidate - Najmudheen C.T. - from this Scheduled Tribes reserved constituency.

The remaining five candidates in the fray are: Abdul Muneer of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Mohammed Faizal P.P. of the National Congress Party, M.P. Sayed Mohammed Koya of the Bharatiya Janata Party -, Hamdullah Sayeed of the Congress, and Samajwadi Party's Komalam Koya.


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