Find a list of your saved stories here

India announces general elections to start April 7


Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says its general election will be held in several phases from April to May, with the largest election in the world kicking off April 7.

More than 810 million people are eligible to vote. The Election Commission announced the dates Wednesday.

The vote pits the incumbent Congress party against the opposition Hindu nationalist party, led by Narendra Modi. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center said 63 percent of Indians prefer Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party to lead the next government.

India's Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, has 543 elected seats. Any party or coalition needs at least 272 MPs to form a government.

India holds staggered elections for logistical and security reasons. Hundreds of thousands of security forces are deployed during the polls.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Most recent World stories

Related topics

World
The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast