DW investigates the widespread practice of vote-buying in the run-up to elections in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term. But opinion polls suggest the Hindu nationalist leader could narrowly win the vote.
Polls have closed following a parliamentary vote in the Maldives, with some 78 percent of voters casting their ballots. Political turmoil has plagued the archipelago for years, with China and India vying for influence.
Indian political parties are taking advantage of lax transparency regulations, black money and no limits on spending. Some parties have reportedly tried to win votes by offering cash prizes. Murali Krishnan reports.
Given PM Narendra Modi's mixed track record on economy, it's unclear whether his party will be able to replicate in 2019 the landmark electoral success it achieved in 2014. A setback at the polls remains a possibility.
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