May 16, 2014 / 2:41 AM / in 4 years

Counting of votes begins in India's mammoth general election

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Volunteers across India began counting votes on Friday to establish the result of a five-week general election in which an estimated half a billion people cast ballots and opposition leader Narendra Modi is widely expected to win.

A security personnel stands guard outside a sealed strong room where electronic voting machines (EVM) are kept, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Reporting by Malini Menon; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by John Chalmers

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