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India Elections: The Numbers

The Indian general election is the world’s biggest democratic exercise — and the numbers are staggering.

May 13, 2019

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1.3 billion

The size of India’s total population.

900 million

The size of the Indian electorate.

421 million

The number of registered female voters — more than the entire U.S. population (327 million) and two-and-a-half times the entire U.S. voter population (160 million). It is one-and-a-half times Indonesia’s population (264 million) and twice the number of Indonesia’s voter population (190 million).

84 million

The number of first-time voters in the 2019 elections — over 20 million more than Germany’s entire voter pool (61 million).

1 million

The number of polling stations countrywide — 20 times more than in the 2017 Japanese election (47,000).

10 million

The number of election officials managing the elections.


The number of seats in India’s lower house of parliament.

830 million

The size of the electorate in the 2014 elections.

550 million

The number of people who voted in the 2014 elections.


The number of political parties that participated in the 2014 elections.


The number of candidates in the 2014 elections.


The number of seats the BJP won in the 2014 elections.

Source: CNN, DW, Rutgers, Election Guide, China Daily, PEW, Al Jazeera


The Indian general election is the world's biggest democratic exercise -- and the numbers are staggering.

The estimated size of the Indian electorate is 900 million -- compared to 830 million in the 2014 elections.

There will be 1 million polling stations and 10 million election officials managing the Indian elections.