Blog | REPORT SYNDICATION
What’s new in this election
- 38,325 transgenders will be able to vote for the first time as members of the third-sex and not as male or female.
- 15 million voters in the age group of 18–19 years are eligible to exercise their right to vote for the first time.
- Though the exercise of matching EVM results with paper trail machine slips was being held in various assembly elections, this is the first time it will be undertaken in Lok Sabha polls in all 543 Lok sabha constituencies. A total of 1.74 million voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) units and 3.96 million EVMs will be used in as many as 1,035,918 polling stations during the elections.
World’s largest-ever election
900 million people were eligible to vote, with an increase of 84.3 million voters since the last general election in 2014, making this the largest-ever election in the world. Out of these millions, 71,735 voters are from overseas, 15 million voters are first-timers and 38,325 are transgenders.
General criteria for eligibility to vote
- Must be Indian citizens,
- Must be 18 or older,
- Must be an ordinary resident of the polling area of the constituency,
- Must possess a valid voter identification card issued by the Election Commission of India,
- Some people convicted of electoral or other offences are barred from voting.