COUNTING OF BALLOTS UNDERWAY IN INDIA

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The counting of ballots is underway to decide the 542-member parliament and the country’s next prime minister. More than 600 million voters cast their ballot in the six-week long general elections.

Unofficial results show the Bharatiya Janata Party is currently leading on 347 seats in the house of 542. The Opposition Indian National Congress, is far behind the ruling coalition, on 90 seats.

Voting took place in seven phases at more than a million polling stations across 36 states and Union Territories.

India’s Election Commission said this time, voter turnout touched 67 per cent, highest since the country’s independence.

Earlier, opposition parties have protested over possible rigging through electronic voting machines.

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