In India, more than 86-million voters had an opportunity on Saturday (25 February) of choosing candidates for legislative assemblies in five states and one Union Territory.
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Background: In India, more than 86-million voters had an opportunity on Saturday (25 February) of choosing candidates for legislative assemblies in five states and one Union Territory. In all, one-thousand-and-twenty members had to be elected from a field of well over five-thousand candidates.
SYNOPSIS: Reports from the six election regions indicated a good turnout of voters, and, in Bombay, queues formed early in the day. The States holding Assembly elections were Maharashtra, which includes Bombay, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, and Meghalaya. Voters also went to the polls in the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh. In Maharashtra alone, forty-thousand polling booths were set up to cope with the more than thirty-million voters. The booths were set up geographically so that now voter needed to travel more than two kilometres to cast his vote. Once voters had deposited their ballot slip, their hands were indelibly marked to avoid any double voting.
India's three major parties have all been taking keen interest in the assembly elections, which are widely regarded as a turning point in deciding the power balance between the ruling Janata Party, and the two Congress parties. Reports from New Delhi said former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's wing of the Congress Party appeared set to make decisive gains, particularly in the south of of the country. Mrs. Gandhi has been campaigning for support throughout India, and if she gets the votes she is hoping for, her party could become the official opposition to challenge the ruling Janata Party.
The massive task of counting the votes was due to to be completed on Monday (27 February) and final results were expected to be available from early evening, with the last few from country polling stations expected in by Tuesday.