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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 19, 2019, 08.54 AM(IST)

Cricketer Ishan Kishan pose at voter selfie zone on the eve of the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Patna, Saturday, May 18,2019. Photograph:( PTI )

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Live Lok Sabha polls 2019 phase 7: Voting underway in final round; UP CM Yogi, Nitish Kumar, Sushil Modi among early voters

EVM malfunction reported at booth no.6 in Pant Nagar of Patna Sahib, Bihar

Polls shouldn't be held over such a long duration, says Nitish Kumar

The seven-phase long Lok Sabha elections, one of the most bitterly fought in recent memory, will come to an end today. 

As the one and a half month-long dance of democracy ends today, former Bihar CM Nitish Kumar said that there was a long gap between each phase of voting. 

British Prime Minister May to make MPs a final 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she was preparing to make a "bold offer" to MPs in one final attempt to get them to back her Brexit deal.

May said that when she brings the Withdrawal Agreement Bill before parliament early next month, it will come with a new package of measures attached that she hopes can command majority support.

Merkel calls for Europe to stand up against far-right parties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for Europe to push back against far-right parties, saying populist movements wanted to destroy core European values such as fighting corruption and protecting minorities.

Manchester City crush Watford 6-0 in FA Cup final

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City crushed Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final on Saturday to become the first team to win the English treble of league championship and both domestic cups in spectacular style.