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Indian elections: Are you voting?

Women from the Dangs district in western India stand outside a polling centre

In April 2009 the world's biggest democracy - India goes to the polls. An electorate of 714 million people will be eligible to vote.

The election is expected to be an exceedingly close race between India's two main parties, the Indian National Congress (Congress) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and a number of regional and caste-based parties.

Voting will be staggered over a period of one month with the first polls opening on 16 April.

The BBC is looking for people to contribute to its coverage of the Indian elections.

Are you an Indian resident who is eligible to vote in 2009? What are your hopes for the elections? What part of India do you live in? What are the main issues that matter to you and your community?

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved using the form below:

In most cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name and location unless you state otherwise in the box below.

Your E-mail address
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The BBC may edit your comments and not all emails will be published. Your comments may be published on any BBC media worldwide.

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