Okay, ladies and gentlemen, so one of the biggest shows on earth is unravelling in the heartlands of India nowadays. What better time than this to have a look at some election trivia. So once again, here we go !!!!
Facts About General Elections in India:
*Designed by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. and Bharat Electronics Ltd, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were first used in Kerala. The highest number of candidates that an electronic voting machine can support is 64. If the number exceeds this, then manual ballot is used!
*The word candidate comes from the Latin `candidatus` meaning `one clad in white` and most, till this day carry on with this white wearing culture.
*`Ballot` and `bullet` are both derived from words for `balls`. The Greeks dropped a white ball when they favoured a candidate, and a black when they were against. The term `blackballed` comes from this too!
*Ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s mother and father share the same name- Krishna, His father’s name is Krishna Bihari Vajpayee and mother’s name is Krishna Devi!
*Ever heard of 1033 candidates for a single seat? Believe it or not, it did happen for the Modaurichi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu in 1996. The ballot paper was in the form of a booklet!
*From its days of glory in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress in 1988 won exactly zero seats! (ahem)
*Mayawati`s BSP and George W Bush`s Republican Party both have the same electoral symbol-the elephant!
* A B Vajpayee is the only parliamentarian to be elected from four different states- UP, Gujarat, MP and Delhi! (respect)
*Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the only politician who has won from six different constituencies: Balrampur – 1957, 1967, Gwalior – 1971, New Delhi – 1977, 1980, Vidisha- 1991, Gandhinagar – 1996, Lucknow – 1991, 1996, 1998 ! (again, respect! )
*The lowest voter turnout in a polling station is three! It happened in Bomdila district in Arunachal Pradesh! (can’t remember the year though )
*Elections in 1950s were carried out using different ballot boxes for each candidate, rather than voting on ballot paper! Different coloured boxes represented different parties!
*Lakshadweep has the largest presence of Muslims of all the states/UTs including Jammu and Kashmir!
*Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh is the only constituency in the Hindi belt which has always returned Congress during the general elections!
*BJP won Lok Sabha seats for the first time in the states of Tamil Nadu and West Bengal in 1998!
*Rajnandgaon in Madhya Pradesh has a unique feature- father, mother and son have represented this constituency at different times!
*The highest voting percentage in any general elections has been 62.2 per cent in 1957, the lowest was in 1967 when only 33 per cent cast their vote.
*Country’s 5 biggest and 5 smallest constituencies according to area:
Barmer (Rajasthan) : 71601.24 sq-km
Ladakh (J&K) : 173266.37 sq-km
Arunachal (East) (AP): 39749.64 sq-km
Kuchh (Gujarat) : 41644.55 sq-km
Arunachal(West) AP: 40572.29 sq-km
Mumbai South: 13.73 sq-km
Mumbai South-central: 18.31 sq-km
Delhi sadar: 28.09 sq-km
Chandni chowk (Delhi): 10.59 sq-km
Kolkata north west 13.23 sq-km
*Election Commission survey says 95% voters prefer EVMs!
*Number of EVMs required this election: over 11 lakhs! (data still being compiled
And hey, Happy Voting !!!