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814 million voters, 930,000 polling stations…
In the largest and lengthiest democratic exercise in the world, India is all set to witness a nine-phase election that challenges every facet of logistical planning over the 36-day period with 1,878,306 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The election will cost the exchequer Rs.50 billion, excluding expenses incurred for security and by individual political parties. Political parties are expected to spend Rs.305 billion in the elections. A total of 11 million poll personnel will be deployed to ensure a free and fair poll. For the first time in parliamentary polls, a system of paper trail for electronic voting will be introduced in some constituencies on a trial basis. A paper trail would help in avoiding controversies in case of a dispute.
Report dated 30/03/2014.
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