8 April 2014

Indian election 2014

Over the coming weeks more than half a billion people are expected to visit 930,000 polling stations, all set up within two miles of their homes. Recent opinion surveys predict a big win for the Hindu nationalist opposition – the Bharatiya Janata party – whose prime ministerial candidate is the controversial Narendra Modi – though not an absolute majority in the 545-seat lower house of the national assembly.
So vast is the democratic exercise that it will require around 5 million people to conduct the procedure, and as many again to police it. The electoral commission has a stated ambition that no voter should have to travel more than 2km to a polling station, and nor should any one station serve more than 1,500 voters.