Election counts under way
Election counts are taking place across five states in India this morning to decide the new state assemblies.
The elections, which took place in April and early May, are being seen as a midterm test for the main political parties. Although most states have their own local parties, many are aligned with the national parties.
Congress, the ruling party nationally within a coalition government, are hoping to do well today despite a series of corruption scandals. They are expected to retain control of the 126 seat Assam assembly. Their alliance partner in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress, looks set to seize the 294 state assembly from the 34 year control by the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front. And Congress are also expected to hold the small state of Pondicherry with 30 assembly seats.
In Tamil Nadu the social democratic AIADMK are in the lead in 107 of the 234 seats in that assembly. If they win, they will have taken control back from the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) after a gap of three years.
In Kerala it is neck and neck between the Congress led UDF and the CPI-M led LDF who currently control the 140 seat assembly.
Counting is taking place across 839 counting halls and involves 43,982 personnel. The total electorate for the five states is around 141.6 million, about 20% of the Indian total.