Counting of votes polled in the November 30 Telangana Assembly elections began on Sunday morning amid tight security.
Officials said postal ballots were first taken up for counting at 8 a.m. in all the 119 Assembly constituencies.
Chief Electoral Officer Vikas Raj said that the counting began at 8 a.m. at 49 counting centres for all 119 Assembly constituencies.
The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be opened half-an-hour later and even if the postal ballot counting is not completed, parallel counting will be undertaken.
Police have imposed prohibitory order around the centres and stepped-up security to maintain law and order.
The election authorities have set up 1,798 tables and there will be a total of 2,417 rounds of counting.
According to the Election Commission, 71.34 per cent polling was recorded in the elections held on November 30.
This is about 2 per cent lower than the turnout in 2018 elections.
Out of a total 3,26,02,793 voters, 2,32,59,256 cast their ballots.