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India polls: Highest-ever voter turnout recorded at over 66%

Published on May 12, 2014 11:01 PM
 
Residents line up to vote at a local polling station set up at a school in Varanasi on May 12, 2014. A record 551 million voters cast their ballots in India's general election which also saw the highest ever turnout rate of 66.38 per cent, organisers of the contest said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A record 551 million voters cast their ballots in India's general election which also saw the highest ever turnout rate of 66.38 per cent, organisers of the contest said on Monday.

The number of voters shattered the previous record of 417 million set in India five years ago, Election Commission director general Akshay Rout told reporters.

Around 814 million people had been eligible to vote in the world's biggest election which wrapped up on Monday five weeks after the first phase of polling on April 7.

"This is the highest ever turnout in India's national election history. These numbers may still go up marginally because of postal ballots and other factors," Mr Rout told reporters.

 
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