With the biggest question in every Indian mind today to be will Prime Minister Narendra Modi win a second term or they will have to experience a novice like Congress president Rahul Gandhi or any black sheep, the country has woken up with great hope and fingers crossed.
Fate of 542 Lok Sabha candidates along with five State assemblies is set to be decided today following the counting of votes by the Election Commission of India.
A total of over 8,000 candidates are in the fray for 542 seats of the parliament.
Ahead of the today’s counting of votes, all necessary arrangements were put into place on Friday itself.
In all, 67.11 percent of the 90.99 crore electors exercised their franchise in the seven-phase long polling process. This is the highest ever voter turnout in Indian Parliamentarian elections.
Of the total 543 Parliamentary seats, elections were held in 542 constituencies. The Election Commission had cancelled polls to the Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu on the grounds of excessive use of money power.
Counting will also take place for four state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail slips with the Electronic Voting Machines.