The counting of votes in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections conducted on December 1 is ongoing at 30 DRC (Distribution, Reception and Counting) centres in Hyderabad.
The high-stakes election, which saw top BJP leaders like Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath, Prakash Javadekar and Smriti Irani as star campaigners, saw a polling percentage of 46.55.
Here are the latest updates:
Counting begins
Counting begins at a total of 150 halls across the 30 centres, one for each division. Each DRC centre will represent one circle, and house the counting process for all divisions within the circle.
Each counting hall will have 14 tables, each table with two counting assistants monitored by one counting supervisor. A total of 8152 counting personnel have been deployed for the purpose, the statement informed. The whole process in each centre will be supervised by a Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer.
The counting process will be recorded by CCTV cameras, and will be overseen by 31 observers. A total of 14,000 votes will be counted in each round.
Poll percentage has a few surprises
The final polling percentage of the December 1 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election has quite a few surprises among the wards that were affected by October floods in the city.
 While Chaitanyapuri, Saroornagar, R.K. Puram and Kothapet in the eastern part of Hyderabad showed voter apathy in comparison to 2016 elections, the southern parts of the city showed a higher voter turnout as compared to 2016. Both areas were affected by floods and a large number of residents received Rs. 10,000 solatium announced by the Telangana government.