As such, the country's 2019 General Election gained attention from all around the world. The elections were conducted for over a month in 7 phases from 11 April to 19 May. The results of the polls will be tallied on 23 May. Imagine the madness!
If that doesn't amaze you yet, we have listed out 7 other mind-blowing facts about the Indian General Elections:
1. India Has 2,293 Political PartiesThe Election Commission of India has revealed the numbers on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections announcement. Among the parties, there are seven 'recognised national' and 59 'recognised state' parties. It's believed that some of the parties are not even in operation and merely using the situation to 'round trip' their black money.
2. 84.3 Million First-Time Voters in 2019 General ElectionsIn the 2014 general elections, 830 million people were eligible to vote and more than 550 million cast their ballots. This time, 84.3 million first-timers have joined the pool of voters with over 1 million polling stations across the country.
3. Total Voters in 2019 Bigger Than ASEAN's Total Population
Over 900 million Indian voters are expected to vote at the 17th Lok Sabha elections. That's more than the combined population of the ASEAN countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
4. 1,033 Candidates Contested One SeatBack in 1996, a shocking number of candidates contested for a seat in the Assemby elections at Modakurichi, Tamilnadu. The Election Commission recorded a total of 1,033 candidates! Instead of 'ballot papers', the commision had to issue 'ballot books' that year.
Only 3 of the total candidates got their deposit back, 158 of them received only one vote while 88 candidates didn't even get any vote.
5. 8,314 Voters in 2014 Identified Themselves as TransgendersIn 2014, out of India’s 814.5 million voters, 28,314 transgenders went on to identify themselves listing as 'others' in the gender section.
6. Indian Voters Can Choose Not to Vote for AnyoneIn the 2014 General Elections, Indian voters had the option to not vote for any of the candidates, using the None of the Above (Nota) button. NOTA polled over 6 million, or 1.1% of the votes.
7. Modi Never Held a Press ConferenceSince being elected as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi never once held a press conference. Last year, Congress President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at PM Modi for this on Twitter:
Dear Mr Modi,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 5, 2018
Now that campaigning is over, hope you can spare some time for your part-time job as PM.
Btw its been 1,654 days since u became PM. Still no press conference?
Some pics from our Hyderabad PC today. Try one someday, it’s fun having questions thrown at you! pic.twitter.com/Tc3I1kLGBI
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