Nilambur is traditionally a stronghold of the Congress. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress candidate from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency and then sitting Congress MP M.I. Shanavas had secured a lead 3,266 votes in the Nilambur assembly segment over his nearest Communist party of India (CPI) rival Sathyan Mokeri. In the subsequent local bodies elections, the UDF had won Nilambur municipality and five of the seven gram panchayats which are parts of the constituency.
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Veteran Congress leader Aryadan Mohammed, locally known as Kunhakka, is the sitting MLA of Nilambur which he won in 2011 by trouncing his nearest LDF backed Independent rival M. Thomas Mathew by a margin of 5598 votes. While 66331 votes were polled by Aryadan Mohammed, M. Thomas Mathew polled 60733 votes and was followed by BJP’s K.C.Velayudhan who received 4425 votes.
Aryadan Mohammed, who had won eight times and lost three elections, has been representing the Nilambur assembly seat since 1987. CPI (M)'s K. Kunhali won the seat by defeating Aryadan Mohammed in 1965 and 1967, and T.K. Hamza in 1982.
Located in the Malappuram district, Nilambur is one of the seven assembly constituencies that combine to create the Lok Sabha constituency of Wayanad. Eranad, Kalpetta, Thiruvambady, Wandoor, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery are the other six assembly segments within the Wayanad Lok Sabah constituency.
In 2011, Nilambur had a total electorate of 174945. Of them, 84515 were men and 90430 were women. While 40 per cent of the voters in Nilambur are Hindus, Muslims and Christians form 36 per cent and 24 per cent of the total electorate.
Nilambur constituency is composed of Nilambur municipality and gram panchayats of Amarambalam, Chungathara, Karulai, Edakkara, Moothedam, Pothukal and Vazhikadavu.