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            From the Election Commissioner of India

                                                                n a democracy, elections are about the people of the country, their choices and

                                                                their aspirations. The role of the Commission is to ensure that the democratic
                                                            Iright of the people is preserved and each and every eligible voter participates
                                                             in elections. In terms of magnitude and complexity, the Indian General election

                                                             is massive management exercise. With 911.9 million electors from varying state
                                                             demography, the endeavor for successful election requires a meticulous blueprint
                                                             and massive taskforce.

                                                             While the entire Commission worked tirelessly to manage the electoral operation,
                                                             the entire election machinery comprising 12 million on field polling officials across

                                                             the nation, worked in tandem with the ECI, conducting elections successfully. The
                                                             road to democracy in India is paved with bravery, perseverance and determination
                                                             of election functionaries, who have been instrumental in overcoming multiple

                                                             hurdles to ensure free, fair, smooth, transparent, inclusive and accessible elections.

                                                             It gives me immense pride to share this Atlas, which documents all important facts

                                                             about this giant exercise.

                                                             I wish to dedicate this book to the entire team with the Commission who ensured
                                                             the smooth facilitation of the colossal election, strongly upholding the pillar of our

                                                             Indian democracy.

                                                                                                                                    Anup Chandra Pandey
                                                                                                                                    Election Commissioner
                                                                                                                              Election Commission of India

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