Election in the World’s Largest Democracy

This week marks the start of India—the world’s largest democratic nation having its 5-year term elections. Like Democrats and Republicans in United States, India also has two major parties in this election—The Indian National Congress and The Bharatiya Janata Party.

The voters are electing the candidates for the 543-members of Lok Sabha which is the House of People. The majority party with in the house of people elects the Prime Minster for the country.

Congress the secular leftist party’s candidate Manmohan Singh has been the Prime Minister for the last 10 years and now it is time for change. Polls suggest people voting for the BJP, the secular rightist party.

The three times Chief Minster of the Indian Western State Gujrat—Narendar Modi, is the frontrunner for the Prime Minster Position if BJP wins majority.

An estimated $5 billon was spent just for the campaigning. Frustrated about the job market and angered by the corruption, this election constitutes of the most registered young voters in Indian elections yet.

More and 814 millions eligible voters will be part of the largest democratic election in history. 11 million polling and security personnel are employed for this election that is taking place in stages over the next five weeks.

The final outcome of this election will determine India’s future at both national and global levels.