India election: New Delhi goes to the polls -- live updates

6:57 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

We're wrapping up here

We are wrapping up our coverage of the sixth and penultimate phase of voting, but keep following for more election coverage between now and May 23, when the Indian Election Commission announces the official results.

6:53 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

The end is in sight for world's biggest election

An Indian Muslim woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Bhopal.
An Indian Muslim woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Bhopal. GAGAN NAYAR/AFP/Getty Images

Polling is coming to a close in India's penultimate phase of elections, where 100 million people were eligible to cast their votes and candidates battled it out across key constituencies in the north and northeast of the country, including the capital New Delhi.

Next Sunday, May 19, will mark the final and seventh phase of this endurance test in democracy. Voting will take place in eight states across 59 constituencies, with the entire state of Punjab voting for the first and only time.

After more than five weeks, polling in the world's biggest elections will be over and the people will have chosen India's next prime minister.

All will be revealed on May 23, when the Election Commission announces the official results.

5:59 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Voter turnout 39.81% as of 2:30 p.m.

India's Election Commission has put its estimated voter turnout from ballots cast before 2:30 p.m. local time at 39.81%, with two and a half hours left of polling.

See a full state-by-state rundown below.

5:31 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Meet New Delhi's oldest voter: 111-year-old Bachan Singh

According to local media, Bachan Singh is New Delhi's oldest voter at the grand age of 111.

His son, Jasbeer Singh, told NDTV that his father has not missed an election since 1951 and he cycled to every poll until 2015.

"I will vote for those who worked for us," the elder Singh reportedly said.

5:20 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Scenes from polling during phase six

Voters queue at a polling station in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state on May 12, 2019.
Voters queue at a polling station in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state on May 12, 2019. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images

These Indian voters in Uttar Pradesh's Allahabad are among 25 million people who are eligible to cast their vote in the state today.

The Indian army is helping to guard polling stations in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
The Indian army is helping to guard polling stations in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images

Women shows off their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station in Gurgaon in Haryana state, which surrounds New Delhi on three sides.

The city of Gurgaon in the northern Indian state of Haryana is also voting today.
The city of Gurgaon in the northern Indian state of Haryana is also voting today. MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images

An election official checks voter lists in New Delhi's Wazir Nagar.

Voter lists are checked in New Delhi
Voter lists are checked in New Delhi Swati Gupta

Inside a polling station in New Delhi, where 14.3.million people are casting their vote.

Swati Gupta
Swati Gupta

An election official in New Delhi's Wazir Nagar marks a voter's finger with indelible ink to show that she has voted.

Swati Gupta
Swati Gupta

4:49 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Views from the street: 'Change has to come'

Poornima Samhotra says voters are losing interest because politicians just talk.
Poornima Samhotra says voters are losing interest because politicians just talk. Swati Gupta

Housewife Poornima Samhotra, 45, is a resident of New Delhi's Wazir Nagar, and says it's time for change.

"Change has to come. We experimented five years ago and it failed," she says.

"Our thinking has completely changed. There has been no work done in any field. There is just talking. So, we lose interest and then to enforce our right, we come and stand in line."

4:48 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Views from the street: 'Congress is all talk, no action'

Ram Narayan Sharma says he likes the progress the BJP has made in areas of development.
Ram Narayan Sharma says he likes the progress the BJP has made in areas of development. Swati Gupta

New Delhi resident Ram Narayan Sharma, 59, who works in the steel fabrication business, says the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) policies have helped the poor live with dignity.

"The person who thinks about the country, that is who we will vote for," says Sharma. "They (Congress) have been thinking for the past 60 years and talking about it. It has been just talk, no work for 60 years. The man who has been doing the work just came. We have hope from him," says Sharma, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 "In villages, the bathrooms that have been built, the homes that have been given to the poor. The most important is the cleanliness campaign. The second is living with dignity in the country. The gas connections and electricity supply that has been given -- it provides dignity," says Sharma.

4:46 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Views from the street: Modi praised for actions after the Pulwama attack

Nalini Prasad said Modi has taken India to new heights on the world stage
Nalini Prasad said Modi has taken India to new heights on the world stage From CNN's Swati Gupta

Nalini Prasad, 68, a housewife from the constituency of Wazir Nagar in New Delhi praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi's actions following a suicide attack in the Kashmiri district of Pulwama that killed 40 Indian soldiers in February.

"Modi has done a lot of work for the country. The biggest things were the surgical strikes. No one has the guts to do it before but he did it. The action that he took after the Pulwama attack. No one had ever dared to do anything like that," says Prasad.

Following the Pulwama attack, Modi launched airstrikes on what he alleged was a terrorist training camp across India's de facto border with Pakistan. Pakistan disputes this claim.

"Because of Narendra Modi, the image of India in the world is being taken to new heights," says Prasad.

She says Modi has done a lot to improve the living situation of many people.

"Bathrooms in every home, people were given money to build homes and the cleanliness is so much -- not just in a few places but everywhere," she says. "There is no one like him because he has risen from the poor. He was never rich. He knows the pain of the poor. He is not selfish. I have faith that the BJP government will come back."

4:36 a.m. ET, May 12, 2019

Views from the street: 'Voting should be about who does best for the country'

Shyamvir Nagar says voters should think about who will develop the country.
Shyamvir Nagar says voters should think about who will develop the country. Swati Gupta

Delhi businessman Shyamvir Nagar, 46, said that people shouldn't always stick with one party but vote on who will do the best for India.

"Think who can do good work for the country -- do not think about Congress, or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The vote should be given on the basis of development and everyone should think that way. Earlier Congress was doing good work, so people were with them. Today, the BJP is doing good, so people are with them," he said.