Indian residents are taking to the polls over this month as the country votes in the world’s biggest democratic exercise. Some 900 million people are taking part in the elections, officially known as the Lok Sabha elections. Incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping for a second term in office, and he is up against fierce opposition from Rahul Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress. The final phase of the elections takes place this weekend, the last of seven since voting started in April this year.
The final May 19 elections take place in the following regions:
– Bihar (8)
– Jharkhand (3)
– Madhya Pradesh (8)
– Punjab (13)
– West Bengal (9)
– Chandigarh (1)
– Uttar Pradesh (13)
– Himachal Pradesh (4)
Will there be exit polls for the Indian elections?
Voting won’t conclude until Sunday, May 19 so the first exit poll results won’t come until the week after.
Vote counting officially begins on May 23.
A number of organisations are planning to conduct exit polls as voting closes this year.
Indian website News18 announced they are partnering with pollsters at IPSOS to produce their own exit poll for the election.
To create a reliable prediction, the poll will use early results from 199 of the 543 parliamentary constituencies.
Within these constituencies, 796 Assembly constituencies were selected, alongside 4,776 individual polling stations for interviews.
In total, 121,542 voters were interviewed, according to the Indian First Post.
Many Indian residents are waiting for the results in fear, as some worry the reelection of Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party will bring oppression.
Since the party came to power in 2014, attacks against Indian Muslims have escalated, and they have been fuelled by this year’s election campaigns.
On April 11, the first day of elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party tweeted: “We will ensure implementation of NRC (National Register of Citizens) in the entire country.
“We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs.”
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