R.O. ‘bungles’

Staff Reporter

Kakinada: There was a high drama when counting of votes of Rajahmundry Parliamentary constituency was going on at Rangaraya Medical College, here on Saturday. The counting was almost over and it was unofficially declared that Congress candidate Vundavalli Arun Kumar was ahead of his nearest rival M. Muralimohan by 8,500 votes.

Surprisingly, the votes of Gopalapuram constituency (in West Godavari) were not taken into account. However, Returning Officer of Rajahmundry Parliamentary Constituency, Yogita Rana, did not declare the result officially. Electronic and print media journalists approached the official to announce the result officially as they wanted to send the news immediately to their centres. Without announcing the result, the official asked the journalists to leave the counting hall.

Meanwhile, it turned out that Gopalapuram votes, which have to come on-line have not reached the counting centres even after the tenth round. This bungling kept everyone on the toes for more than one hour. By the time, all most all TV channels, gave different versions on victory of Arun Kumar and Murali Mohan.

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