New Delhi, India (CNN)As India heads to the polls on April 11, the country will once again embark on the world's biggest exercise in democracy over the coming weeks.
The land of a million polling stations: India's general election by the numbers
Here are the key numbers to consider as hundreds of millions of Indians prepare to decide who governs them for the next five years.
The size of the electorate. The last time India voted to choose a new national government, more than 830 million people were eligible to vote -- and more than 550 million cast their ballots. India's election authorities say that number will swell to 900 million this time round.
The total number of seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament. Of these, two are filled by nominees from the Anglo-Indian community. For the rest, each seat represents a geographical constituency. The party that wins a majority of seats forms the government. If no single party wins enough seats, a coalition of parties can come together to govern and choose the Prime Minister.
The number of polling stations. Coordinating around 900 million voters is an incredible logistical challenge -- and that includes setting up a million polling stations across the country to make sure all those who are eligible to vote, can.
Ensuring the integrity of the voting process also means deploying vast human resources. That includes an army of election officials. In fact, authorities say more than 10 million election officials will be managing the polling as it unfolds over several weeks.