First-time Indian voters hold key to victory in polls

Individuals in front of chalkboards bearing their qualifications and periods of unemployment at a job fair last month. Unemployment is a major concern for young voters in the elections.
Individuals in front of chalkboards bearing their qualifications and periods of unemployment at a job fair last month. Unemployment is a major concern for young voters in the elections.PHOTO: REUTERS

As the world's largest election gets under way next month, as many as 900 million voters will be eligible to cast their votes to determine India's next leader.

They include 15 million new voters who have recently turned 18, the age from which Indians are eligible to vote.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'First-time voters hold key to victory in polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe