DATE=10/4/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA ELECTION-MONDAY (L) NUMBER=2-254618 BYLINE=NEW DELHI DATELINE=JIM TEEPLE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Exit polls in India, following a month-long election, indicate the ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition government will be able to form a new government. Vote counting begins on Wednesday after re-polling Monday and Tuesday in areas where the election was disrupted. There were about 40 deaths related to election violence in the final round of voting and about 100 deaths overall over the past month, but as VOA's Jim Teeple reports, there was much less election violence this year than in past elections. Text: A series of exit polls give a mixed picture of the election results. India's state-run television network says the National Democratic Alliance - a coalition of more than 20 parties led by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee - will have a majority of about a dozen seats in India's 545-seat lower house of Parliament. Two other private polls have contradictory results, with one showing the Prime Minister having a significantly larger majority, and the other showing him losing seats, and no party emerging with a majority. Security was the top priority for election officials and they defend staging the voting over five consecutive weeks even though critics charge the staggered polling led to voter disinterest and too much campaigning. M-S Gill, India's Election Commissioner says the staggered vote was necessary because of security concerns - especially in Kashmir - and also because of India's Monsoon season which arrived late this year. //GILL ACTUALITY // The enhanced difficulty of less forces than before from the government of India - from the Home Ministry - because they are overcommitted in Kashmir. And you add to that the difficulty of a Monsoon season which is not ideal. From July, August and even September those are all awkward months, this is only the tail of the Monsoon, and tragically the tail lingered. //END ACTUALITY // Heavy rains and flooding disrupted voting in India's West Bengal State on Sunday. Election officials say about 55-percent of India's 605-million eligible voters cast their ballots this year, the third election in three years. They say, because of the increasing frequency of elections, voter turnout is dropping - especially in urban areas. The main contest in this year's election was between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition and Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party and its allies. Mrs. Gandhi, the Italian-born widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, brought down Mr. Vajpayee's government six months ago in a parliamentary vote of confidence but was unable to form a government on her own, forcing national elections. (Signed) neb/jlt/plm 04-Oct-1999 04:32 AM EDT (04-Oct-1999 0832 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .