Monday, March 2, 2009

election dates announced for INDIA

General elections in India will take place in five phases over April and May, the Election Commission has said.

Polling to elect a new Lok Sabha (lower house) will run from 16 April to 13 May. Counting is due on 16 May.

Nearly four million officials will conduct the elections and 714 million voters are eligible to cast ballots.

The main contest will be between the incumbent Congress party-led coalition and parties led by the opposite Bharatiya Janata Party.

If no group wins a clear majority, smaller regional parties could play a crucial role.

Some states will hold votes in several phases.

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