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it's the largest democratic election in the world tens of millions of Indians started throwing to polling stations on Thursday , king of the mammoth seven stage election in which prime minister Narendra May Day seeking second straight time , so how do you go about electing one leader to represent one point three billion people , some of the numbers behind that process , one million polling stations have gone up catering for nine hundred million eligible voters , to put that in perspective that's nearly the population of Europe plus Brazil , out of those four hundred thirty two million a women that ratio isn't reflected in the political line up out of the candidates in the last election eight percent women , the election will be held in seven phases round one was C. over thousand candidates contesting ninety one constituencies to take part more than eleven million government officials will hit the road whether by such greats train helicopter Bates and sometimes by elephant , the country's basta another photo must ever be more than two kilometers away from a polling station one will even be set up in the guest forest of Gujarat for just one thing to Hindu monk , so how much does this cost well the exact figure for this year's election isn't known yet in two thousand fourteen echo thirty eight point seven billion , %HESITATION five hundred and fifty two million dollars according to commission estimates , the whole process will be completed at thirty nine days making voting set to run into may nineteenth