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India's unique election process

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More than 700 million Indians are eligible to vote in the country's general election to decide seats in the lower house of parliament.

But the election process is long and complicated and involves five rounds of voting over five weeks, as the BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Dantewada explains.

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