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This election will see the largest ever population of eligible voters.


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The Election Commission of India, the body tasked with conducting polls in the world’s largest democracy, flagged off the juggernaut Wednesday by announcing a nine-phase schedule for voting in India beginning April 7.

At a news conference in New Delhi, the commission said that the process of voting in the 16th Lok Sabha will see the largest ever population of eligible voters, led by over 814 million voters, 100 million more than in 2009. This time round, more than 23 million voters are aged between 18 and 19. For the first time in a general election in India, voters will be allowed to cast a ballot for “None of the Above.”

The battle for the electoral supremacy is an evolving process in India and this time, the added opportunity of social media reach and mobile Internet penetration means more power in the hands and thumbs of the Indian voter than ever before. Voting concludes on May 12, and the results will be announced on May 16.

India Real Time looks at some tools you can use to be part of the largest electoral process in the world which will elect its new government.

  1. To know anything and everything about the electoral process in India, the Election Commission web site is the one stop shop. It has information on all political parties, their symbols, maps of polling stations, and data on previous elections.
  2. Every Indian citizen over the age of 18 is eligible to vote and you can register online here if you have not done so already. Or register offline at the 900,000 special camps at polling stations.
  3. Check if your name is on the voters list.
  4. Check here to find out when your constituency votes.
  5. Register a complaint with the Election Commission.
  6. Checkout the eclectic symbols belonging to political parties.
  7. Know your candidate. A Delhi-based nonprofit, Association for Democratic Reforms, tracks information filed by each candidate at the time of filing their nomination. You can know more about your candidates here and report election code violations or complaints against parties or candidates via ADR’s mobile app for Android devices.
  8. Track which party or leader is trending on Facebook and check what’s trending on Twitter with the hashtag #IndiaElection.
  9. And, of course, bookmark The Wall Street Journal’s in-depth coverage of the 2014 Elections as India gets ready to vote in its next Lok Sabha and the federal government.
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