2014 is the year when 48 countries across the globe go polling and the world’s largest democracy, India, is one of them. This means that a new government will be the elected to represent nearly 1 out of every 5 people on the planet.
Here some ‘believe-it or not’ facts about the Indian elections:
It takes India 8 rigorous weeks to complete its polling, during a pregnancy that’s how long it takes a baby to develop limbs and eyelids.
One too many in the race
Once, 1033 candidates contested for a single seat. The ballot paper was in the form of a booklet.
The shared Elephant Factor
It’s 4-largest party BSP and USA`s Republican Party both have the Elephant as their electoral symbol.
Lone voter A single polling both is set up in a remote section of the Gir forests, Gujarat for a single voter.
Age no bar
Oldest winning candidate was of the age of 94 years and the youngest candidate won a seat at the age of 26 years.
Sex no bar
Transgender persons can mark their gender as "Others" on the electoral rolls and about 28,314 voters have listed their gender in this way.
The shortest-lived Indian government was formed by the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and lasted for 13 days.
Voters exceed Europe’s population
This year the number of voters in India is larger than the population of Europe, making this the biggest election the world has ever seen.
New Voters exceed Philippines
In the past 5 years India has added a population greater than that of the Philippines to its voter rolls.
Don’t like any, then say “None”
In 2014 General Elections Indian voters have a "None of the Above" option on the ballot papers and electronic voting machines.