The Greatest Exercise in Democracy

Throughout India’s 35 states and territories, approximately 930,000 polling booths closed on Monday 12 May 2014, which marked the end of an astonishing five week election! India has just staged the world’s largest democratic election. How much do you know about this ground breaking election? Have a read through this ABC News article on the 2014 Indian elections and take the quiz!

  1. The lower house of parliament is called the Lok Sabha or House of the People. True or false?
  2. Are there 550 or 814 million eligible voters in India?
  3. This election people will not vote for their Prime Minister. True or False?
  4. Is voting is India compulsory?
  5. The Indian Election Commission must complete the process by May 16 2015. True or false?
  6. What is the voting age in India?
  7. The electoral roll and ballot system are fully electronic. True or false?
  8. Is it possible to vote for none of the candidates?
  9. India is the second largest democracy in the world. True or false?
  10. Social media has used to keep voters informed of the 2014 election progress. True or false?

Answers:

1. True. The lower house of parliament is called the Lok Sabha. 2. There are 814 million eligible voters in India. 3. False. The 2014 election will decide the Lok Sabha AND the new Prime Minister. 4. No. It is not compulsory to vote in India. 5. False. The process must be completed by May 16 2014. 6. 18 7. True. The electoral roll and ballot system are fully electronic. 8. Yes. It is possible to vote for none of the candidates with a ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) button. 9. False. India is the world’s largest democracy with 814 million eligible voters. 10. True. Social media has been used to keep people up-to-date of the election progress.

Have a look at the Indian Election Tracker on Facebook.

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