Election season: India

India election: First phase of seven-part staggered polls begins

People queueing up to cast their votes at a polling station in Jorhat district of Assam, India, yesterday. Some 142 million are eligible to vote in the first phase of voting, which started yesterday, for 91 out of a total of 543 seats at stake in the
People queueing up to cast their votes at a polling station in Jorhat district of Assam, India, yesterday. Some 142 million are eligible to vote in the first phase of voting, which started yesterday, for 91 out of a total of 543 seats at stake in the Lok Sabha, or Lower House of Parliament. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Voters making their way past police officers into a polling station in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, yesterday. While voting was largely peaceful, there were some reports of violence in Andhra Pradesh. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
Voters making their way past police officers into a polling station in Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh, yesterday. While voting was largely peaceful, there were some reports of violence in Andhra Pradesh. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

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Queues formed in 20 Indian states yesterday as voting began in the first phase of a staggered election to choose a new government in the world's largest democracy.

Some 142 million are eligible to vote in the first phase of voting for 91 out of a total of 543 seats at stake in the Lok Sabha, or Lower House of Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 12, 2019, with the headline 'First phase of seven-part staggered polls begins '. Print Edition | Subscribe