Polls Open in India’s Elections Kicking off The World’s Largest Democratic Exercise

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Voters in India have this morning, Thursday, in the first round of the country’s general elections with current prime minister Narendra Modi seeking re-election.

The first phase of voting covers an electorate of 142 million across 20 states, who will decide the fate of 91 candidates. Almost 900 million of India’s 1.3 billion people are eligible to vote.

68-year-old Modi is the front runner in the current elections but faces stiff competition from Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the opposition Congress party.

India’s elections are usually held in seven phases due to the country’s vast size and the elections will be concluded on 19th May with the results expected to be announced on 23rd May.

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