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India ferries ballot boxes to island ahead of first phase of election

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By ITN News Editor April 10, 2019 13:06

India ferries ballot boxes to island ahead of first phase of election

India ferried election materials including ballot boxes to Majuli island, as part of the 1 million polling stations set up ahead of the general election starting. It will be the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term. More than 11 million government officials will travel by foot, road, special train, helicopter, boat, and sometimes elephant, to hold the election. Majuli island itself will play host to hundreds of polling stations. No voter should be more than 2 km away from a polling station, which are often in remote areas. More than 80,000 stations lacked mobile connectivity and nearly 20,000 were in forest or semi-forest areas, a commission survey said last year.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor April 10, 2019 13:06

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