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India houdt 's werelds grootste verkiezingen

By Jordi Bou

April 19, 2024 - June 1, 2024 - The world’s largest democracy is heading to elections in which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is vying for a third five-year term. Nearly a billion people will vote at around one million polling stations over five weeks.

India’s general election pits Modi’s ruling BJP and its allies, against the main opposition Congress party-led alliance of about two dozen parties.

Nearly 970 million voters – more than the entire population of the U.S., the EU and Russia combined – are eligible to vote, making the election the largest democratic exercise in the world.

They will cast their votes through 5.5 million electronic voting machines at around one million polling stations from the snow-clad mountains in the Himalayas, the deserts of Rajasthan and sparsely populated islands in the Indian Ocean.

A victory would make Modi, 73, only the second prime minister after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's independence hero and its first prime minister, to win a third straight term.

PUBLISHED: 19/03/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images