In Pics: Indian election through years

A scene of an election camp at Delhi 1952 GeneralElections showing active participation of women in the festival of democracy. Pic Credit : PIB
On 11 April, the world’s largest democracy began its month-long democratic exercise to form a new government. The key questions hovering over the country is whether India’s ruling party led by Narendra Modi will be able to win a mandate for another five years

The voting will continue till May 19 across 543 constituencies in 29 states. The results for the elections will be announced on 23 May.

This year the Election Commission has deployed 2.3 million voting machines, 570 special trains and 2 million electoral officials to facilitate the elections.

India’s election history is peppered with efforts to educate and political parties showering promises to make the country better.

Here’s a revisit of the history of elections in India:
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With a dream to become a sovereign democratic republic after a 200-year-long freedom struggle from the British era, India’s first general election kicked off in 1952.

With a dream to become a sovereign democratic republic after a 200-year-long freedom struggle from the British era, India’s first general election kicked off in 1952.

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Back in 1967, paper ballots were used instead of electronic machines (EVMs).

Back in 1967, paper ballots were used instead of electronic machines (EVMs).

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Election Commission deployed boats, planes, camels as well as elephants to ensure high voter turnout in remote areas.

Election Commission deployed boats, planes, camels as well as elephants to ensure high voter turnout in remote areas.

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Though the registered voters were mostly male, several women turned up to vote in the first election

Though the registered voters were mostly male, several women turned up to vote in the first election

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"When I vote, I choose not just a present for myself, but also a future for my children,'' said a Reang tribal women who cast her vote at a polling booth in Tripura in 1983.

"When I vote, I choose not just a present for myself, but also a future for my children,'' said a Reang tribal women who cast her vote at a polling booth in Tripura in 1983.

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Shompen tribe, supposedly the last surviving stone-age tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, emerged out to vote for the first time in 2014 just to see the electronic voting machine (EVMs)

Shompen tribe, supposedly the last surviving stone-age tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, emerged out to vote for the first time in 2014 just to see the electronic voting machine (EVMs)

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Polling was a time-consuming process as the ballot papers were used. After the polling, the boxes were opened and mixed together.

Polling was a time-consuming process as the ballot papers were used. After the polling, the boxes were opened and mixed together.

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Voters used to travel a thousand miles to get to the polling station.

Voters used to travel a thousand miles to get to the polling station.

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Since there were no news channels , the results were displayed outside Red Fort in New Delhi.

Since there were no news channels , the results were displayed outside Red Fort in New Delhi.

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