India closes in on gender gap in voting as politicians call for elections to be held in non-summer months

Voters stand in queues as they wait to cast their ballots outside a polling station during the final phase of the general election in Chandigarh, India, on May 19, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS
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NEW DELHI - Two prominent Indian politicians are demanding that future parliamentary elections be held in non-summer months so that more voters can come out and vote.

The chief minister of the state of Bihar, Mr Nitish Kumar, has suggested the polls be compressed to two or three phases, and preferably held from February to March or October to November.

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