As normal citizens and also as voters, we witness a lot of mess and shades during elections. These elections can actually offer many surprising vignettes. Let us not miss these impressive facts of incredible India’s incredible elections:
- Who says voters are not valued in India? In Gujarat’s Gir Forest, a voting stall was set up by the authorities where five individuals were deployed for just one voter, Mahant Bharatdas.
- In the Modakurichi assembly elections in Tamil Nadu in 1996, a record number of 1033 candidates participated and the ballot paper was in the form of a booklet.
- Bomdila locale in Arunachal Pradesh has only 3 voters turnout, reported to be the lowest.
- In 2014, an astounding number of 814 million voters were qualified to vote in the nine-stage and five-week-long polling process (7th April – 12th May), that’s 103 million higher than the number of entire European inhabitants.
- There were more than 100 million first-time voters qualified to vote in 2014 elections, more than the measure of populaces of the UK and Canada combined. Out of these, separately from the Uttar Pradesh area, about 23 million voters voted for the first time.
- To make all the coveted plans conceivable, the Election Commission of India has made courses of actions for around a million polling stations considering the Election Commission’s decision that the voters travel distance shouldn’t be more than two kilometers to reach a polling station, and that no polling station should have to take care of more than 1,500 voters.
- Ten million individuals were specifically engaged in conducting the elections in 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. About 200,000 security recruits were positioned to make sure a peaceful conduct of elections and more than a hundred trains, 1000 of buses and more than a dozen helicopters were used for transmitting the security personnel.
Too good to be true:
- A total of 3.26 million Electronic Voting Machines will have been utilized in 2014 elections and local EVMs were used in Kerala first.
- In 1952, India’s first general election was spread over two months.
- Of all the 29 Indian states and seven union territories, it is Lakshadweep and not Jammu and Kashmir, which has the highest presence of Muslims.
- In 1998, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won Lok Sabha seats for the first time in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
- The only parliamentarian to be elected from 4 states – Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Delhi is Shri Atal, Bihari Vajpayee. He is the only politician who has won from six different constituencies: New Delhi, Balrampur, Vidisha, Gwalior, Gandhinagar and Lucknow.
- The electoral symbol for The United States’ Republican Party and Mayawati`s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) both have the same– the Elephant.
- The only electorate in the Hindi band which has always sent back Congress amid general elections is Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
- The word candidate is derived from the Latin word “candidatus” that means “one dressed in white.” By the way, white is the most preferred colour of Indian politicians across party lines.
Firsts in the 2014 Indian elections
- India is the twelfth nation to carry out NOTA. For the first time, voters the nation over could practice the “none of the above” alternative for candidates in the 2014 ballot.
- More than 28,000 transgender group individuals were enrolled in the electoral poll and were qualified to vote in 2014 elections. Election Commission has established this category in 2012. India’s transgender community was identified for the first time and voted under third sex/others, a category that didn’t exist in any elections till now.
- Just about 12,000 non-inhabitant Indians were enrolled as voters and were able to practice their voting rights for the very first run through. Kerala has the uppermost number of NRI voters.
The continuing general elections in India, set to become the leading election in world history, are nothing short of a phenomenon too, not just in terms of supreme size and numbers but also when one considers peculiar facts and practices associated with the grandest demonstration on earth.