New Delhi, India (CNN)India is just months away from general elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party facing what looks like an increasingly close contest. Politicians of all stripes are already in campaign mode for what will be the world’s largest exercise in democracy — a mammoth undertaking that will take place over several weeks to ensure the voices of hundreds of millions of Indians across the country are heard. An official date is yet to be announced, but the poll is due to be held between April and May. Who can vote? And how many Indians are eligible to vote? The equivalent of more than twice the entire population of the United States can vote. Read More All Indians aged 18 and above can participate. In the last general election, in 2014, more than 830 million Indians were eligible — and more than 550 million voted. The total of number of eligible voters will be even higher this time around, with Indian election authorities saying about 875 million people can cast their ballots. Who’s running? Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) stands near Rahul Gandhi (L) during the anniversary of the 2001 Parliament… Read full this story
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