Bellwether of Kerala Elections

Ever wondered which constituencies reflect the mood of the state. Ollur in Thrissur has predicted every election since 1982, sending MLAs to Trivandrum who were always part of the ruling alliance. Only constituency to do so. Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam lead the way as truly bellwether districts, Thiruvananthapuram  because of it’s high political awareness and Kottayam because of it’s flexible Kerala Congress parties which usually switch alliances to stay in power.

We have looked at bellwether status from two fronts – ability to pick the correct winner in each of the 7 elections and ability to ride the 4 waves that occurred in the past 35 odd years of electoral politics. Around 13 constituencies have rode the wave and picked the winner with 90% or higher accuracy. 30 places have a 80% or higher accuracy of siding with the winner and riding a wave when they see one. Below chart shows constituencies and their United Front vs Left Front leaning.

 

Best Predictors of State
Constituency UF/LF %
Ollur 4-3 100%
Aranmula 5-2 93%
Kaduthuruthy 3-4 93%
Kanjirappally 5-2 93%
Kayamkulam 3-4 93%
Kodungallur 5-2 93%
Kollam 3-4 93%
Kottayam 3-4 93%
Kundara 3-4 93%
Muvattupuzha 5-2 93%
Peravoor 5-2 93%
Piravom 5-2 93%
Poonjar 3-4 93%
Aluva 6-1 86%
Kattakkada 4-3 86%
Koduvally 6-1 86%
Kozhikode North 2-5 86%
Manalur 6-1 86%
Pathanapuram 4-3 86%
Chathannur 3-4 80%
Chirayinkeezhu 3-4 80%
Kalpetta 5-2 80%
Kazhakoottam 5-2 80%
Kozhikode South 3-4 80%
Kunnathunad 5-2 80%
Palakkad 5-2 80%
Parassala 4-2 80%
Sulthanbathery 5-2 80%
Thiruvananthapuram 5-2 80%
Thodupuzha 5-2 80%

 

Districts data show no surprises, Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam decide which party comes to power, with unique ability to swing and sway based on the mood of the state, housing one 3rd of the places that have predicted winning alliance with a 90% accuracy. Malabar continues to try and make sense of what’s going on in rest of the state, without much success though.

Bellwether Districts
Const.           District
Chirayinkeezhu TVPM
Kazhakoottam TVPM
Parassala TVPM
Thiru..Puram TVPM
Kaduthuruthy KOTTAYAM
Kanjirappally KOTTAYAM
Kottayam KOTTAYAM
Poonjar KOTTAYAM
Kollam KOLLAM
Kundara KOLLAM
Chathannur KOLLAM
Muvattupuzha ERANAKULAM
Piravom ERANAKULAM
Kunnathunad ERANAKULAM
Kalpetta WAYANAD
Sulthanbathery WAYANAD
Ollur THRISSUR
Kodungallur THRISSUR
Aranmula PATHANAMTHITTA
Palakkad PALAKKAD
Kozhikode South KOZHIKODE
Peravoor KANNUR
Thodupuzha IDUKKI
Kayamkulam ALAPPUZHA

 

And so who’s not so good at picking the right alliance. The not so bellwether brethren of Kerala assembly constituencies.

Not so Bellwether
Const.            District
Chittur PALAKKAD
Kanhangad KASARAGOD
Konni PATHANAMTHITTA
Kuttanad ALAPPUZHA
Ottappalam PALAKKAD
Uduma KASARAGOD
Udumbanchola IDUKKI

 

The importance of being Ollur

Ollur is the Vigo county of recent elections to Kerala assembly. Ollur in Thrissur district has predicted the man in Cliff House 100% of the time. The only constituency in the state to do this. Ollur has chosen UDF in 4 elections and LDF in 3, and so did Kerala, and exactly in that order.

Winners in Ollur since 1982:
YEAR LDF UDF BJP
percentage margin of victory
1982 44 49
1987 48 46 4
1991 45 50 4
1996 47 43 5
2001 45 53
2006 50 44 5
2011 44 49 5