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Two candidates bag Delhi Bar Council seats after early count

The first results of the Delhi Bar Council elections are in, with two candidates already safely past the post out of 129 candidates competing for 25 places.

Abhay Verma was the first candidate to have been declared victorious after the first round of counting, being selected under a so-called "regional quota preference", according to a person closely involved.

The incumbent chairman of the Delhi Bar Council KK Manan has also been confirmed as the second winner with sufficient votes.

The voting system for the Delhi Bar Council is a system of proportional representation, where each voter has 25 preferential votes, in which they mark candidates in order of preference.

Counting is still ongoing after the 4 December vote and counting has been ongoing non-stop, according to sources. About 40 persons from the Bar Council of India (BCI) office have been engaged in the process.

Luthra & Luthra partner Vijay Sondhi is the only lawyer from a major law firm running for election to the Delhi Bar Council.

The counting is taking place under the supervision of returning officer SK Mahajan.

A source said that it was a very complex and long-winded process which does not allow any scope for error.

The elections saw a turnout of 50 per cent of almost 20,000 votes out of a total of 41,000, according to an online news report by Yahoo!.

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