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                From the Election Commissioner of India

                                                                          onducting elections in the world’s largest democracy is a vibrant and
                                                                          gigantic task involving a mind-boggling number of both electors and

                                                                 Celection officials. In order to facilitate a smooth polling experience for
                                                                  911.9 million electors, across 10,37,848 polling stations 12 million polling
                                                                  officials were deployed to conduct the 17  General Elections to the Lok Sabha.
                                                                  Such massive numbers indicate that elections in India have its own challenges in
                                                                  terms of sheer scale, size, diversity and complexity besides logistics for men and

                                                                  materials management.

                                                                  The Commission has always addressed the challenges with professionalism,
                                                                  commitment, integration of state-of-the-art technologies, structured consultations

                                                                  with the stakeholders, strategic interventions and meticulous planning down to the
                                                                  polling station level.

                                                                  The 17  General Elections was aptly termed as ‘Desh Ka Mahatyohar’ as it was
                                                                  the biggest celebration of democracy across the world. It gives me immense pride
                                                                  to mention that this humongous election was conducted in an informed, inclusive,

                                                                  accessible, transparent and ethical manner and a resounding success with highest
                                                                  ever Voter Turnout of 67.4%. One of the remarkable achievements of this election
                                                                  was the higher percentage of voting by female voters (67.18%) than that of by the

                                                                  male voters (67.02%) at the poll at the polling stations. 23 States/UTs had higher
                                                                  turnout of female vote percentage than that of male vote percentage.

                                                                  This book compiles the implausible data and statistics regarding the 17  Lok Sabha
                                                                  Elections which was conducted across 543 Parliamentary Constituencies. The
                                                                  book includes interesting facts about the elections, some heartwarming anecdotes

                                                                  from remote corners of the countries and inspiring images which depict faith of
                                                                  the common man in electoral process in India. I am hopeful that academicians,
                                                                  researchers and other stakeholders would find this atlas useful.

                                                                  I dedicate this book to the unsung heroes who crossed all barriers to come together
                                                                  to make the election a major victory for every Indian.

                                                                                                                                                   Rajiv Kumar
                                                                                                                                        Election Commissioner

                                                                                                                                  Election Commission of India

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