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Lok Sabha Elections: At a glance

Managing the formidable logistical hurdles of India's 18th General Elections

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Election starts

Fri 19 Apr 2024

Election Ends

Sat 1 Jun 2024

Results announcement

Tue 4 June 2024

Number of lawmakers to be elected, ie, number of seats in Parliament

543 (from 28 States and 8 Union Territories)

Of these, 412 are for general, 84 for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, and 47 for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.

Lok Sabha Elections
The election commission’s logo is inspired by the Electronic Voting Machine

Number of constituencies

543 in 28 states and 8 Union Territories

Polling is staggered across 7 phases

Phase 1 (19 April) will see voting in 102 seats

Phase 2 (26 April), 89 seats

Phase 3 (7 May), 94 seats

Phase 4 (13 May), 96 seats

Phase 5 (20 May), 49 seats

Phase 6 (25 May), 57 seats

Phase 7 (1 June), 57 seats.

(Source: X)

Number of registered voters for the Lok Sabha Elections

968 million (497 million males, 471 million female, 48,044 third gender)

The electoral roll has seen an addition of over 20 million new voters in the age group 18-29 – with more females than males.

Number of voting booths

1.25 million (Electoral rules stipulate that there must be a polling station within 2 km of every habitation).

Number of election officials

15 million

(The Election Commission of India, which oversees the conduct of General Election every five years, usually has a staff of 400-450 personnel)

Thousands of security personnel from central and state forces, as well as railway officials, will also be called upon to help.

(Source: X)

Number of Electronic Voting Machines in the Lok Sabha Elections

5.5 million (55 lakh) EVMs will be in use in the first phase of polling on 19 April.

Estimate of spend by political parties

In excess of US $14.4 billion (Source: Centre for Media Studies, New Delhi)

India’s Supreme Court this year invalidated a secretive scheme that permitted anonymous political contributions through electoral bonds.

Another innovation The Election Commission will set up control rooms to weed out fake election content on social media.

What is absolute majority – ie, how many seats need to be won to form government?

A party or coalition needs to secure a majority of at least 50%, which is 272 seats in the Lok Sabha

Number of political parties in the fray

Approximately 2400 (including national, state and ‘unrecognised’ parties).

Prime Ministerial Candidates: Mallikarjun Kharge and Narendra Modi

The main political parties

Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Communist Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, National People’s Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), DMK, AIDMK, Biju Janata Dal.

Prime Ministerial Candidates

Narendra Modi (BJP) and Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress)

Sources: Election Commission of India, Reuters, AFP

Compiled by Torsha Sen and Rajni Anand Luthra

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