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Live: Voting in Indian elections reaches next-to-last phase

The voting for the remaining 60 seats will be held on May 19.

Indians are voting in the next-to-last round of 6-week-long national elections, marked by a highly acrimonious campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flaying the opposition Congress party rival Rahul Gandhi for the country’s ills.

Sunday’s voting in 59 constituencies, including seven in the Indian capital, will complete polling for 483 of 543 seats in the lower house of Parliament. The voting for the remaining 60 seats will be held on May 19.

Votes will be counted on May 23.

Turnout in the first five phases averaged 67 per cent, nearly the same as in 2014 elections that brought Modi to power.

Opinion polls say Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party continues to be the front-runner, but it is likely to return with a lesser number of 282 seats.

Latest updates:

7:05am

Modi urges people to vote: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to voters to exercise their electoral right as polling for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections.

“Yet another phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is here! Urging all those whose constituencies are polling in today’s sixth phase to go out and vote,” he said in a tweet.

He said he hoped youngsters would vote in record numbers. “After all, their participation makes the polls even more special,” he said.

7:00am

Virat Kohli urges voters to exercise franchise: Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli cast his vote in Delhi appealed to voters to exercise their franchise.

After casting his vote here, he told reporters: “Everyone should come and vote and I urge to all.”Donning casual clothes, he came to the polling booth along with his brother.

6:50am

6:45am

People cast their votes in the morning at a booth run by all-women officers in Daspur, West Bengal.


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