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Election '04 Facts & Figures

Number of seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament): 545 (of which 2 are appointed by the President)

Total Number of Candidates 5398

Total Votes Polled 387453223

Average Votes Per Candidate 70665

Number of registered voters: 675 million

Number of polling stations: 700,000 in the 2004 Lok Sabha election duration of election: 3 weeks, in 4 separate rounds (for different areas)

Lowest Number of Votes 45 for Ashok Kumar, Independent Candidate from Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Highest Number of Votes 855543 for Sajjan Kumar, Congress Candidate from Outter Delhi, Delhi

Highest Number of Candidates from a Constituency 35 from Madras South in Tamil Nadu

Lowest Number of Candidates from a Constituency 2 from Cuttack in Orissa, Godhra in Gujarat and Tura in Meghalaya

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)

Total Number Of Parties 220

Total Number of Independent Candidates 2369

Seats needed for majority: 272

Total Cost of the Election Rs. 100 Million Approx.

Voter turnout: about 56%, or nearly 380 million people

Number of constituencies in India: 543

Statistics on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM)

Total EVM's used 10.25 Lakh

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

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