The first results of the election are expected tomorrow, and for many voters the first results will be a real problem.
India is a country where a majority of the population does not participate in the political process and the country has been rocked by political violence in recent years, particularly since Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister in May 2019.
More than 100 people were killed in a mob attack on a rally in New Delhi in October 2019 that ended with Modi’s ouster and a violent crackdown on dissent.
Since then, violence has surged across the country, with mobs of people protesting Modi’s rule, burning effigies of him and chanting slogans like “Bharat Mata ki Jai” (India will rise!).
Despite the political unrest, Indian election watchers say the election coverage has been abysmal, with no coverage of the upcoming general elections and scant news on what’s happening in the rest of the country.
Many of these voters, like Mollu Dasgupta, were shocked to find out that they will not be able to cast their ballots for the next general election after the 2019 election, despite the fact that the elections have been held.
“We are in shock,” she said.
India has one of the largest populations of voters in the world, and many of them are expecting the first general elections in 2019, which they have not yet been able to vote for, but will be able soon.
On election night, India will be the third largest country in terms of population and it is estimated that there are some 35 million people in India who will have to vote, which means that there will be some 12 million voters who will not have the opportunity to vote on election night.
That means there will only be around 500,000 eligible voters in India in 2019.