Today is a big day in the history of democracy

India is voting. To put things in perspective:

  • The number of Indians eligible to vote in the current election: ~815 million
  • The total voting age population in the US, European Union, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: ~700 million

Other interesting factoids:

  • Putting the representative back in representative democracy, there are 543 constituencies, meaning each member of parliament represents roughly 1.5 million people.
  • Today is a big voting day, but the logistical challenges are large enough that voting is taking pace in nine phases between April 7 and 12 May.
  • Parties are expected to spend ~$500 million in the election, the world’s second highest after the US$7 billion spent on the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
  • The ruling Congress party is expected to have a historic and humiliating defeat, putting in power the Hindu Nationalist party.

I welcome other points and items.

For the India versus West voter numbers I thank Tavneet Suri and Roberto Rigobon. Their source.