Up to 900 million voters to cast ballots, as PM Narendra Modi seeks to replicate 2014 victory

Voting in the world’s largest democratic contest will begin on 11 April and continue for the next six weeks, India’s electoral commission said on Sunday in an announcement that signals the formal start of campaigning.

Polling booths will be shuttled around the country – by camel across the Rajasthan desert, on foot in the Himalayas and by speedboat in the Andaman Islands – for an election held in seven phases ending on 19 May. The ballots of up to 900 million eligible voters will be counted four days later.

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