Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Unveiling Top Facts About Voting in India

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The Lok Sabha elections are upon us, and political fervor in India has reached a fever pitch. With supporters ready to defend their political parties, the election festival has begun. The Lok Sabha election 2024 dates have been declared from 19th April to 1st June. Voting has already begun in phases across the country.

Remember, voting isn’t just a right. It is the responsibility of each and every citizen of India to exercise their right to vote. A democracy is only as strong as its people. So, come together in large numbers to vote in this Lok Sabha election 2024.

This blog brings you up to date with interesting Lok Sabha election facts that will make you appreciate your role in this entire process. Read on to find out what voting in India truly means.

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10 Interesting Facts About Voting in India

  1. The Lok Sabha elections will take place in seven phases. These phases of the elections will span from 19th April to 1st June. There are 543 Lok Sabha seats across the nation. Refer to the Election Commission’s official websites or credible news media sources to find out when polling begins in your city and ward.

  2. To vote, citizens must possess a Voter ID card, also known as an Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC). This card serves as an identity card. It also proves your eligibility to vote. This card is issued by the EC (Election Commission) of India, both through online and offline channels. Visit their official website if you have any doubts or queries.

  3. The Election Commission (EC) has released official data about the number of registered voters. According to the data, the number of people voting in the elections will be 96.8 Crores.

  4. In this Lok Sabha election, 1.8 crore voters will be voting for the first time. They are first-time participants in the world’s greatest democracy. The EC also reported that 19.47 crore voters are between the age group of 20–29. These Lok Sabha elections 2024 facts attest to the participation of young India in this great celebration of democracy.

  5. The EC has also announced that the percentage of female voters will be greater than male voters in 12 Indian states. Also, in this Lok Sabha election, 85 lakh female voters will be first-time voters. Thus, women are also coming to the fore in exercising their right to vote.

  6. The Lok Sabha election is humongous in scale. To implement this mammoth exercise, 55 lakh EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) will be operational across the country. There are 10.5 lakh polling stations and 1.5 crore polling officials managing these stations.

  7. Some voter categories have seen an increase in numbers. Most notably, The PwD (Person with disabilities) category has around 82 lakh registered voters. Similarly, there are around 2.2 lakh voters who are above the age of 100, and 48,000 third-gender registered voters. This diversity, which will only flourish moving forward, demonstrates the EC’s commitment to inclusive elections.

  8. The Legislative elections for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha, and Arunachal Pradesh will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha election. Voters from these states will thus be able to simultaneously vote for their local leader as well as their leader on the national level.

  9. The seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections will conclude on 1st June. The votes will be counted on 4th June 2024. Gear up to experience this political spectacle widely reported in the news and media.

  10. The EC released some data from phase 1 of the elections. In phase 1, Tamil Nadu leads with a voting turnout of 63.2 per cent. The average voter turnout was recorded as 60.03 per cent.

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Basic Things You Need to Know About Voting in India

Lastly, before we conclude, let us look at some guidelines on how to vote:

  1. After you reach the polling station, the polling officer will check your name on the voter list and your voter ID.

  2. A second polling officer will ink your finger, hand you a slip, and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).

  3. Give the slip to the third polling officer and show them your inked finger. Proceed to the polling booth.

  4. Record your vote by pressing the button corresponding to the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the EVM. You will hear a beep sound. Your vote has been cast.

  5. You’ll see another machine called the VVPAT (Voter verifiable paper audit trail) machine beside the EVM. Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of this machine. A slip with the details of the candidate you voted for will be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.

  6. Remember that you can press the button corresponding to NOTA (None of the above) if you don’t like any of the candidates.

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Thus, Lok Sabha elections in India are an elaborate and thorough affair. Remember that by participating in these elections, you are selecting the leaders of the country. The fate of the country rests in your hands. Exercise your right to vote. Vote wisely!

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