Vote counting underway in Indian election

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 1:07 AM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 2:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — Vote counting is underway in India following the country's massive national elections as exit polls predict victory for the pro-business, Hindu nationalist opposition party.

India's Election Commission is expected to announce all the results later Friday.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party campaigned on promises of a revival in economic growth. There is widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling Congress party, which has been in power for a decade.

There was a record turnout in this year's elections, with 66.38 percent of the 814 million eligible voters casting ballots during the six-week contest, which was held in several stages across the country. Turnout in the 2009 elections was 58.13 percent.

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