It looks like a marathon counting of votes. The counting in the Tirupati Co-Op Town Bank elections which began around 7 p.m. on Friday is still dragging on and is not likely to end till Sunday noon.
As many as 99 candidates have contested for the elections held for the 12-member board of the Bank, billed as one of the biggest urban cooperative banks in the State. With the elections assuming a political tinge, the contest became fierce and evoked a lot of interest in the political circles.
Though the votes polled were only 23,083 (44.6% of the total electorate), it is the unwieldy number of contestants, which in its wake has made the ballot paper look like a ‘ballot book’, that is responsible for the sluggish pace of the counting.
Both the counting staff and the contestants look thoroughly fatigued and frustrated over the prolonged counting.
Sources said that out of 27 rounds to be done, hardly five to six rounds were completed till the report was filed. Irritated over the slow process, the contestants belonging to all the three main political parties — Congress, TDP and the YSRC -- have held angry demonstrations at the NTR Circle and demanded that the authorities should at least announce the leads and the trends at the end of every round.