AMARAVATI: Counting of votes for panchayat elections held on Tuesday went on till the early hours of Wednesday in several villages as vote margins were so narrow that rival candidates insisted on several re-counts. With results changing in most spells of counting, officials too were compelled to hold more counts before declaring results. Several villages reported at least three to four rounds of counts due to objections from the candidates.
In Guntur district, a candidate for sarpanch in Chavavaripalem village of Tenali division polled zero votes leaving the officials surprised. While there was no difficulty in declaring the result as there were four more candidates, officials were puzzled over how the candidate who got no votes even failed to cast a vote for herself. In one instance, officials filed a case against YSRC supporters at Kandarada village under Pithapuram mandal for taking away a ballot box from the counting centre.
In Kadapa’s Tummalapalli village under B Koduru mandal, YSRC supporter B Ramasubbareddy was declared victorious after four rounds of counting. The candidate secured a margin of three votes in the first spell of counting and a two-vote margin in the second spell. As rival candidates objected, officials counted the votes again which resulted in the margin being reduced to one vote. With rival candidates still not conceding, officials counted the votes for a fourth time and declared the result.
Two rival groups of the YSRC clashed with each other at Kurnuthala village under Vatticherukuru mandal in Guntur district on Wednesday. At least two people who were injured in the incident were rushed to Government General Hospital.

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