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Indian elections: Millions of voters, gallons of ink

India's general election is the world's largest democratic exercise.

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2009 14:26 IST

India's general election is the world's largest democratic exercise.

Here are some facts and figures on the five-phase ballot that begins April 16.

71,40,00,000 registered voters
61,00,000 security and civil personnel on election duty
8,28,804 polling booths nationwide
1 -- Number of voters required for a 100 percent turnout at Junagadh polling station in Gujarat, which caters to a lone constituent.
543 elected seats in lower house of parliament 131 seats reserved for tribals or lower-caste candidates
5,180 metres -- Elevation above sea level of India's highest polling booth in Fastan village in Kashmir's Ladakh region.
26 kilometres -- Distance from the Fastan polling booth to the nearest road. 1,368,430 electronic voting machines
10,000 tonnes -- Estimated amount of paper that will be saved by the use of electronic voting machines.
157 years -- Combined age of two main candidates for prime minister, Manmohan Singh and L K Advani
100,000,000,000 rupees (two billion dollars) -- Total estimated cost of 2009 election, according to a survey by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS)
2,500,000 rupees -- Legal limit of campaign spending by individual candidates.
25,000,000,000 rupees -- Combined amount candidates will spend on illegal vote buying, according to CMS estimate.
200,000 dollars reportedly paid by ruling Congress party to secure campaign rights to the Oscar-winning song from "Slumdog Millionaire", "Jai Ho" ("Victory").
2,000,000 bottles of indelible ink used to mark voters' fingers to prevent double voting.

First Published: Apr 07, 2009 09:55 IST