India

Lok Sabha polls conclude; 62 pc turnout recorded in fifth phase

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 14, 2009 01:51 IST

Long and winding elections to Lok Sabha finally ended on Wednesday, but roughly half of the 71.4 crore registered electors participated in this democratic exercise that is widely expected to deliver a hung house.

The Congress-led UPA is looking for a new term in office while the NDA steered by the BJP is trying to end its term in the opposition, although it isn't clear if one of them would on their own be able to muster the 272 seats needed to stake claim for power.

Politicians were fierce verbally during campaigning, but the elections itself were bloody with naxalites attacking polling and security personnel in the first two rounds leaving over 20 dead.

The fifth and final phase today saw elections to 86 constituencies across nine states and two union territories, including all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu.

 

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