World's Biggest Election Starts On April 19: 5 Stunning Numbers You Should Know


Mohul Ghosh

Mohul Ghosh

Mar 17, 2024


As India braces for its monumental electoral exercise, set to commence on April 19, the world watches in awe at the sheer scale and complexity of the democratic process. With nearly a billion voters, an extensive polling infrastructure, and unprecedented spending projections, the upcoming elections embody the essence of Indian democracy. Here are seven critical facts illuminating the magnitude and significance of this historic event.

World's Biggest Election Starts On April 19: 5 Stunning Numbers You Should Know

Here are 7 interesting facts you should know:

82 Days, Seven Phases: The election process spans 82 days, from April 19 to June 1, with results announced on June 4. Voting will occur in seven phases, ensuring smooth conduct and security, varying from single-day events to multiple-phase operations.

2. 969 Million Voters: India boasts a staggering electorate exceeding 969 million, casting their votes across 1.05 million polling stations. Polling staff and security, totaling around 15 million, ensure accessibility from snow-clad mountains to remote islands.

3. A $14.4 Billion Election Bill: Projected to be the world’s most expensive election, expenditures by political parties and candidates are estimated to surpass $14.4 billion, twice that of the 2019 elections and matching the US’s 2020 presidential and congressional races’ total spending.

4. 2,660 Registered Parties: India’s multiparty democracy boasts 2,660 registered political parties, each assigned symbols for voter recognition. Seven national parties, 43 state parties, and numerous unrecognised parties compete in elections, reflecting the country’s diverse political landscape.

6. Extensive Polling Infrastructure: Voting will occur through 5.5 million electronic voting machines, with polling stations located in diverse terrains, including mountains, deserts, and islands, accessible via various means, from elephants and camels to boats and helicopters.

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