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India polls: Top Ten facts about the elections

Published on May 15, 2014 8:16 PM
Parliament House is pictured as preparations for the newly elected members of the upcoming 16th Parliament are put in place in New Delhi on May 15, 2014. --PHOTO: AFP 

Mammoth - is the word that aptly describes the just concluded elections in India, the world largest democracy. Here's a look at the staggering logistics, and unknown trivia that went into the making of this largely successful exercise:

1. Elections were conducted in nine phase over a span of five weeks since April across the world's seventh largest country by area spread over 3.2 million sqkms.

2. Eligible voters numbered at 815 million people - a whopping 103 million more than the population of Europe

3. A total of 550 million people voted, of which over 100 million were first time voters

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