General Elections – Challenges and tasks
Once again the biggest democracy in the world will witness another massive process of elections to elect 543 Members of Parliament. The Schedule for the General Elections to elect the 16th Lok Sabha has been announced by the Election Commission. It will commence on 7th April and end on 12th May, 2014 and polling will be held on 9 dates in different dates. About 81 crores (814 million) of people will be eligible to cast their vote this time – 10 crores (100 million) voters more than of 2009 elections. 2.3 crores (23 million) young people in the age group of 18-19 will be eligible to cast their vote for the first time. Election Commission is proposing to set up 9,30,000 Polling Stations and electronic voting machines will be made available in all the booths. The election process will cost the Government around Rs. 4,000 crores.
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