When the largest democracy in the world holds an election, shouldn’t you pay attention?

The Economist had a great rundown last week.

“The scale is mind-boggling. It will be spread over five stages, taking four weeks and involving 6.5m staff. In 543 constituencies, 4,617 candidates, representing some 300 parties, will compete for the ballots of an electorate of 714m eligible voters. In 828,804 polling stations, 1,368,430 simple, robust and apparently tamper-proof electronic voting machines will be deployed. It is hard not to be impressed by the process—and its resilience.”

Have you figured it out yet?  To make it all more amazing, there was even a significant transition of power last time around – a peaceful transition of power.  Follow the link if you still don’t know (or even if you do).

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 21:06  Comments Off on Vote  
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