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13/05/2014 09:55 BST | Updated 13/05/2014 10:59 BST

Indian Election 2014: 20 Pictures Of The World's Largest Democracy Going To The Polls

Voters have headed to the polls in the final phase of India's marathon election.

Hardliner Narendra Modi is expected to lead his Hindu nationalists to victory after 10 years of Congress party rule as the bitterly fought mammoth election came to a close.

Voter turnout over the nine-phase vote has hit a record high of over 66%.

But analysts have said the high turnout may not bode well for Congress, with voters weary of a government beleaguered by weak economy and allegations of corruption, Time Magazine reported.

The previous highest voter turnout was registered in the 1984–85 general elections, when some 64% of eligible voters showed up to the polls after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated.

Here's our pick of some of the most stunning images showcasing the turnout so far.

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