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Indian election in numbers

543 elected seats in the Lok Sabha

  • World's largest democracy
  • Has increased by 41 million since 2004
  • 24% are under 35
  • 48% are women
  • 82% will be identified by photos on the electoral roll
  • Lok Sabha
  • Lower house of parliament
  • 543 constituencies each elect one member
  • The president can appoint 2 extra Anglo-Indian members
  • 131 seats reserved for poor castes and tribespeople

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