The counting of votes of the Neyyattinkara Assembly by-election will begin at 8 a.m. The first trends should be available within an hour. The final result will be known well before noon. The by-election was conducted due to incumbent R. Selvaraj's resignation from the CPI(M) and the Assembly. He is seeking re-election on UDF ticket and is locked in a fierce contest with CPI(M) nominee F. Lawrence and BJP veteran O. Rajagopal.