Counting of votes for the bypoll to the Kolkata South Lok Sabha constituency of West Bengal began on Sunday morning, an official said.
The Counting began at 8 am .A little over half of the total number of voters exercised their franchise peacefully in the prestigious bypoll Nov 30.
The main contest is between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).
The constituency, which has consistently elected chief minister Mamata Banerjee to the Lok Sabha over the last 20 years, is all set to see a first-time MP. Banerjee resigned from the seat after winning the assembly byelection from Bhowanipore Sep 28.
State Trinamool president and minister Subrata Bakshi, who quit as a legislator from Bhowanipore to pave way for his leader's maiden entry into the assembly, has been rewarded by Banerjee with the party nomination for this by-poll.
The CPI-M has nominated the party's student wing Students Federation of India general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee. There Independents are also in the fray.