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Q&A on India's mammoth election

Published on May 12, 2014 6:56 PM
An Indian voter shows her voter card near a polling station during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Kolkata, India, 12 May 2014. A total of 814.6 million voters voted in the parliamentary elections between 7 April and 12 May for India's 545-member lower house. --PHOTO: EPA 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's marathon election ends on Monday after five weeks of staggered polling across the country by hundreds of millions of voters.

Here's a look at how it works and what is at stake.

Why has it taken so long?

Almost 814 million adult Indians were eligible to vote, making it the biggest election in history. Organisers say it would have been impossible to operate and guard nearly 930,000 polling stations on a single day. The first day of voting was on April 7 and the last on Monday, with election results finally due on Friday.

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