Whereas, 20 candidates out of 22 were eliminated during the counting of second preference round votes. Several reasons including a large number of invalid votes and the presence of 22 candidates in the race.
The 50% mark in the counting of first preference votes, the election commission commenced counting of ballot papers for the second preference votes. The about 1.53 lakh votes were polled in the districts where the electorate was about 2.96 lakh. The about 20,000 votes were declared invalid, leaving 1, 33,553 valid votes.
BJP’s Errabelli Ramamohana Rao obtained 47,041 votes followed by C. Naveen Kumar with 13,033 votes. Suram Prabhakara Reddy, the common candidate of 10 Left parties, bagged 11,580 votes. The BJP needed 19,736 second preference votes for a win. In the event, Mr Rajeswar Reddy reached the required total of 66,777 votes after counting the second preference votes on the ballot papers polled for Mr Naveen Kumar of the Congress