Wednesday, May 13, 2009

India: India's marathon election draws to an end

Millions of voters in seven Indian states are voting in the fifth and final stage of the country's month-long general elections.

The first exit polls, which are banned during the staggered voting process, are expected hours after the polls close Wednesday. Officials will announce the final results Saturday.

Analysts consider the vote a close contest between two main political parties -- the ruling Congress party and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Neither party is expected to win enough seats to govern on its own.

Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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