Parliamentary elections in India have continued for 5 weeks. Today the counting of the votes began. A record voting turnout was noted – 551 million voters participated in the elections.
In total, 814 million voters have voting rights in India. Almost 150 million voted for the first time in their life. During the elections a record high voter turnout was noted – 66.38 percent. The voting ended on Monday and was divided into 9 stages for logistical reasons and the safety of those who came to the election wards. The Election Commission announced that tabulation of votes will be carried out in 989 centers, and it will be followed by 1100 observers.
According to analysts, the Indian People’s Party (BJP) will not receive the overwhelming majority of votes and will be forced to form a coalition with other parties. Indian voters, tired of economic slowdown, rising prices and corruption, are counting on the fact that they will end the 10 year ruling of the Indian People’s Congress founded by Gandhi dynasty.
Narendra Modi, who is a favorite in these elections, has the support of Indian and foreign businessmen and the Indian middle class. During the crisis in India, the Gujarat state governed by him was in bloom and showed a double economic growth.
Led by Modi, nationalist BJP was accused by the ruling National Congress in provoking clashes between different religious groups, in which more than 1,000 people got killed, mostly Muslims.
In the Indian elections, called the largest democratic elections in the world, for 543 seats in the lower house of the Parliament – Lok Sabha more than 1,000 parties and 15,000 candidates are fighting.