KOLKATA, INDIA - MAY 12: Indian voters standing in the queue to cast their votes at a polling station during the last phase of Lok Sabha polls on May 12, 2014 in Kolkata, India. The 10-phase polls that began April 7 drew some 536 million of the 814 million electorate in 28 states and seven union territories. The votes will be counted on May 16. (Photo by Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
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By TIME Video
May 13, 2014

Voting in India’s general elections concluded on Monday, five weeks after the first ballots were cast.

The poll, the biggest in world history, unfolded over nine phases, with the results expected to come in on Friday, May 16. Some 550 million people took part in the process, which is a record turnout for India.

Exit polls indicate that an alliance led by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Party (BJP) looks set to win the elections, with their controversial leader Narendra Modi in pole position to become the country’s next Prime Minister.

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