Thu Apr 11, 2019, 06:00 PM

Elections begin in India

Elections begin in India, the world's most populous democracy
Two thirds of the electorate is expected to vote in the nation of 1.3 billion.

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And they have, and use, voter ID.

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Voters in India headed to the ballot box on Thursday as this year's elections got underway, in what promises to be a pivotal political moment for a nation that has increasingly sought out more prominence on the world stage.

The eligible electorate is around 900 million people, according to most estimates -- the largest of any democracy in the world. Thursday is the first day in a mammoth seven-stage democratic process for the nation of 1.3 billion people, which will conclude when results are announced on May 23.

Indian parliament consists of 545 seats, although two of those are reserved for the Anglo-Indian community and appointed by the prime minister.....

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