Amidst much drama and intense campaigning, the South Indian Film Artistes Association, also known as the Nadigar Sangam, conducted its elections on Sunday.
Nasser, part of the 'Pandavar Ani' with Vishal, Karthi, Karunas and Ponvannan, has been elected Nadigar Sangam president, with 1344 votes. Sarath Kumar polled 1231 votes.
Vishal has been elected Nadigar Sangam general secretary, with 1445 votes. His rival Radha Ravi polled 1138 votes. Karthi has been elected the treasurer, polling 1493 votes. Election official Justice E. Padmanabhan officially announced the results.
The elections are held once in three years, and during the last election in 2012, Sarath kumar was re-elected, unopposed for the third time.
As it happened:
11.27 pm: I accept this conclusion, says Sarath Kumar. "I don't take it as a loss. It is a win for the democratic process. I extend all cooperation for the new team."
11.20 pm: Karthi wins; elected as treasurer.
11.10 pm: Nasser elected president, defeating Sarath Kumar. Nasser polled 1344 votes, while Sarath Kumar polled 1231
10.50 pm: His rival Radha Ravi polled 1138 votes. Election official Justice E. Padmanabhan officially announced the results.
10.45 pm: Vishal has been elected Nadigar Sangam general secretary, with 1445 votes.
10.05 pm: After three rounds of counting, Vishal leads with 961 votes; Sarath Kumar 843; Nasser 746; Radha Ravi; 825
9.45 pm: Consolidated tally - Sarath Kumar 658; Nasser 491; Radha Ravi 662; Vishal 634
9.20 pm: Tally after first round of counting: Sarath Kumar 507; Nasser 301, Invalid 13
7 pm: Results expected in about two hours.
6.20 pm: As the counting proceeds, Sarath Kumar and Radha Ravi are sitting in the front row. Vishal and his team are sitting at the back.