Local Body Election in Kerala

Elections in Kerala are regularly held to fill government officials at all levels of government in both Kerala and India as a whole. These range from national elections to regional local body or panchayat elections. The Assembly of Kerala creates laws regarding the conduct of local body elections unilaterally while any changes by the state legislature to the conduct of state level elections need to be approved by the Parliament of India. In addition, the state legislature may be dismissed by the Parliament according to Article 356 of the Indian Constitution and President's rule may be imposed.


It is worth noting that the 1951 election are results from Travancore-Cochin.

Year Lok Sabha Election Winning Party/Coalition
1951 First Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1957 Second Lok Sabha Communist Party of India
1962 Third Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1967 Fourth Lok Sabha Communists (CPI(M), CPI, SSP)
1971 Fifth Lok Sabha United Front (INC, KEC, CPI)
1977 Sixth Lok Sabha United Front (INC, KEC, CPI, ML, RSP)
1980 Seventh Lok Sabha Left Front (CPI(M), CPI)
1984 Eighth Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1989 Ninth Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1991 Tenth Lok Sabha Indian National Congress
1996 Eleventh Lok Sabha United Front (CPM, CPI, JD, RSP)
1998 Twelfth Lok Sabha United Democratic Front (INC, ML, KEC(M))
1999 Thirteenth Lok Sabha United Democratic Front (INC, ML, KEC(M))
2004 Fourteenth Lok Sabha Left Democratic Front (CPI(M), CPI)
2009 Fifteenth Lok Sabha United Democratic Front (INC, ML, KEC(M))


State-level elections are held to fill the Kerala Legislative Assembly.


Panchayat Elections is a term widely used in Kerala, India, for the polls that are held to select the Local Self-government Representatives. There are three branches of local self-government institutions in Kerala. They are Grama Panchayat which can be translated as Village Government, Block Panchayat and District Panchayat. A Grama Panchayat is almost an equivalent to City administration and District Panchayat to a County. There are two more wings namely Municipality which is another form of Block Panchayat that exists only in major towns and Corporations that come only in five major cities.
The State has 978 Grama Panchayats, 152 Block Panchayats, 14 District Panchayats, 60 Municipalities and five Corporations. Consequent to the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India, the local self-government institutions (LSGIs) are to function as the third tier of government. In Kerala, LSGIs have been meaningfully empowered through massive transfer of resources as well as administrative powers. Coupled with a grassroots level approach of participatory planning whereby the developmental programmes are identified and implemented through Grama Sabhas (Ward councils), the LSGIs have emerged as effective agencies for the implementation of developmental programmes.


The last Election to the Local Self-government Institutions in Kerala (Panchayat Elections) was held on October 2010. Elections to the local bodies were held in two stages.The results for all but Kozhikode District were announced on October 25 and the results of Kozhikode District were announced on 31 October.

See also

Kerala State legislative assembly election, 2011

External links

  • Election Commission of India
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  • LSGI Election Result 2010
  • LSGI Election Result 2005
  • Kerala State Election Commission
  • Chief Electoral Officer, Kerala
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