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India election 2004 statistics, facts and figures

Following are various stats, facts and figures on the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) election 2004 in India , picked out of newspapers (mainly Hindustan Times), magazines (mainly India Today), the BBC and various sources on the web. These figures are not meant to be comprehensive lists, but rather statistical trivia or factual snippets. For basic general facts and figures about India as well as several Indian states, please see the Quick Reference popups on the right hand side of this page, or go to the main page of India statistics, facts and figures . For a full list of links to our statistics pages, see the About India index or the bottom of the right navigation bar on this page.

The stats on this page are divided into following sections:
   India election 2004 results
   General election statistics
   Statistics on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM)
   Miscellaneous election statistics of various Indian states
   Various election stats from Himachal Pradesh (HP)

Lines marked with an asterisk (*) are recently added entries.

 india election 2004 results
 - seats for Congress & allies: 216
 - seats for BJP & allies: 186
 - seats for other parties: 137
 - date of election results announcement: 13 May 2004
 
 general election statistics
 - seats needed for majority: 272
 - voter turnout: about 56 percent, or nearly 380 million people
 - number of constituencies in India: 543
 - number of seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament): 545 (of which two
   are appointed by the President)
 - number of registered voters: 675 million
 - highest polling booth in India: at Fastan village (Ladakh); 5,180 metres altitude,
   26 km from the nearest road
 - largest parliamentary constituency: Ladakh (173,265 square kilometres, with
   a population density of 1.3 people per sq km)
 - number of polling stations: 700,000 in the 2004 Lok Sabha election
 - duration of election: 3 weeks, in 5 separate rounds (for different areas)
 - cost of this 14th Lok Sabha election: 1,300 crore Rupees (13 billion Rupees)
 - first election phase: 20 April 2004 (with 175 million registered voters, voting in
   140 constituencies across 13 states and 3 Union Territories)
 - casualties from violence during the first election phase: 19 people killed
   (including a magistrate, a constable, para-military personnel on poll duty and
  a freelance journalist), several injured
 - number of candidates in first election phase: nearly 1,100
 - fourth election phase: 05 may 2004 (with 107 million registered voters, voting in
   83 constituencies across 7 states)
 - "vigilante squads" armed with video cameras deployed by the BJP: at 700
   Bihar and UP polling booths
 - last (5th) election phase: 10 may 2004 (with 251.5 million registered voters, voting
   in 182 constituencies in 13 states and 3 Union Territories)
 
 statistics on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM)
 - number of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) used: about 1 million
 - operational speed of EVMs: maximum of 5 votes per minute
 - number of votes one EVM can register: 3,840
 - number of candidates an EVM can hold: maximum of 64
 - amount of paper not being used due to EVMs: 8,000 metric tonnes
 - EVMs first used in India: 1989-90 in 16 assembly constituencies in three states
 
 miscellaneous election statistics of various Indian states
 - number of constituencies in Bihar: 40
 - number of polling stations in Bihar in which repolling took place on 10 may:
   232 polling stations, in 14 constituencies - repolling due to earlier irregularities
 - number of constituencies in Bihar in which repolling has been ordered for
   sometime after 13 May due to irregularities:
3
 - voter turnout in Punjab: about 55 percent
 - casualties from violence during the election in Punjab: 2 killed, over 20 injured
 - voter turnout in Haryana: 66.3 percent
 
 various election stats from Himachal Pradesh (HP)
 - seats won byCongress: 3 - Mandi (Pratiba Singh), Kangra-Chamba (Chander Kumar),
   Shimla (Dhani Ram Shandil)
 - seats won by the BJP: 1 Hamirpur (Suresh Chandel)
 - registered voters in HP: 4,1173,049
 - voters in Shimla parliamentary Constituency: 1,017,352
 - voters in Mandi seat: 1,063,225
 - voters in Kangra: 1,030,731
 - voters in Hamirpur LS seat: 1,061,741
 - number of constituencies: 4 (Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur)
 - number of polling stations: 6,232 (including two separate ones for
   women in the Kasumpti Assembly segment)
 - number of polling stations classified as "sensitive" in HP: 1,111
 - number of polling station classified as "hypersensitive" in HP: 601
 - number of employees to be deployed for the election in HP: 50,000 (including
   poll staff and security personnel)
 - appointed by the state government for HP: 4 returning officers and 78
   assistant returning officers
 - appointed by the EC (Election Commission) for HP: 660 sector officers and
   magistrates and 13 observers
 - number of electronic voting machines used at all polling stations in HP: 7,542
   (additional standby EVM for polling stations that are more than 5 km from main road)
 - names missing from voters' list in Sanjauli polling booths (in Shimla
   constituency):
about 25 percent (some of which had photo identity cards,
   but if name is not listed on list the person is not allowed to vote)
 
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data sources & key:
AT: Asia Times, BBC: BBC online, BRIT: Britannica 2002, BSNL: BSNL Telecom Trends, BSt: Business Standard, CIA: CIA Factbook India, CIN: censusindia.net, CNEI: Chandigarh Newsline, c/net: c/net news, ConSu: Content Sutra DI: Daily India, DNA: DNA India, EB: EquityBull, EI: ExpressIndia, EW: EconomyWatch, FE: Financial Express, FL: Frontline, GG: Gujarat Global, GTF: Global Technology Forum, GBoWR: Guinness Book of World Records, HT: Hindustan Times, ID: IndiaDaily, IInfoLine: India InfoLine IND: The Independent, ITo: India Today, NPBS: Nature PBS, PhO: PhysOrg, RED: Rediff, REU: Reuters, Sify: Sify Broadband, TH: The Hindu, TNJ: The News (Jang), ToI: Times of India, TT: The Tribune,  
 
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