April 21st, 2024

India announces multi-phase general elections starting April 19 with results expected on June 4

By The Associated Press on March 16, 2024.

Chief Election Commissioner of India, Rajiv Kumar, speaks at a press conference organized by the commission to announce dates for the national elections, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, March 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI (AP) – India on Saturday announced its general elections will start on April 19 and results are expected on June 4.

The voting will stretch over six weeks and seven phases, with different states voting at different times. Almost 1 billion voters – over 10% of the world’s population – will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for a term of five years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party seek a third consecutive term in a race against a broad alliance of opposition parties, led by the Indian National Congress.

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