Counting peaceful in Kodagu

Result of one seat in Kanthur - Moornadu GP was declared by drawing lottery

Counting peaceful in Kodagu

A large crowd in front of the counting station at the St Joseph’s Convent in Madikeri. dh photo

The counting process for 22 GPs of Madikeri taluk was held at the St Joseph’s Convent in the town. A total of 54 tables were arranged to count votes in the station. The counting of the first phase was completed by noon. Supporters of candidates and party workers were gathering near the counting station eagerly from morning itself.

Party workers and supporters started celebrating the victory of their candidates as soon as the results were announced. Supporters received their winning candidates with garlands when they came out from the counting station.

Candidate from Bittageri Gram Panchayat Kamala Uthaiah was winner in the first round of counting. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Uthaiah has lost the seat within minutes in the second round of counting.

Uthaiah had bagged 311 votes in the first round of counting. However, in the second round, his opponent Napanda Rally Madaiah, who has BJP’s support, was declared elected as he has bagged 311. As a result, Uthaiah, who secured 310 votes lost to Madaih.

In another instance, Parvathi, a candidate from Maragodu GP, has won the seat with only one vote’s margin. While Parvathi bagged 256 votes, the rival candidate Rukmini secured 255 votes.

Meanwhile, it was a hat-trick victory for Subhash Somaiah, who was elected with BJP support from Hammiyala of Galilbeedu GP. Somaiah had secured 212 votes out of the total 264 polled votes to become a GP member for the third time.

In an interesting development, a candidate was declared elected through drawing lots. Candidates of Kanthur - Moornadu GP C B Yashoda and Leela had bagged 192 votes each in the election.

Finally, Yashoda was declared elected as luck favoured her in the lottery.

Inspector General of Police A N S Moorthy, Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathanarayana Gowda and Superintendent of Police Manjunath K Annigeri visited the counting station.

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