A really simple guide to India’s general election

A really simple guide to India’s general election

It is an election like no other. Those eligible to vote in India’s upcoming polls represent more than 10% of the world’s population and they will take part in the largest democratic exercise in history. Skip largest democratic exercise India held its first elections in 1951-2 after the country gained independence from the UK in 1947.

Whoever wins these elections and forms a government will control the destiny of the world’s largest democracy. While they are in charge, India’s economy is likely to overtake the UK’s and become the world’s fifth-largest.

Indians are voting for members of parliament and the job of prime minister tends to go to the leader of the party or coalition with most seats. The current PM is Narendra Modi.

India’s election: 11 things you need to know

 

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