Election 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited representatives from the G20 countries to observe the upcoming general elections in India. Speaking at the 9th P20 Summit, he emphasized that these elections will involve around 100 crore (1 billion) voters.
During his address, Prime Minister Modi stated, “I extend an advance invitation to all the representatives of the G20 nations who are here to attend the P20 Summit to witness the next year’s general elections, and hosting them will be a matter of great joy.”
He also mentioned that India has continuously improved its parliamentary processes over time. Elections in India are considered the largest democratic exercise globally. Since gaining independence in 1947, India has conducted 17 general elections and over 300 state legislative assembly elections. India not only conducts the biggest elections but also witnesses increasing participation from its citizens. Around 70% of the registered voters in India exercise their right to vote, which is higher than the total population of many European countries.
During the 2019 general elections, more than 600 political parties participated, with over 1 crore (10 million) government employees involved in the election process. India had set up over 10 lakh (1 million) polling booths across the country.
Prime Minister Modi highlighted that India has modernized its election process with the integration of technology. India has been using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for nearly 25 years, enhancing transparency and efficiency in the electoral process. This technology has significantly reduced the time required for counting votes in India.
Furthermore, he mentioned that India has recently decided to reserve 33% of seats in its national and state legislatures for women. India already has significant female representation in local bodies, with approximately 50% of elected representatives being women.
India’s commitment to increasing women’s participation is evident in every sector. This move towards gender equality in political representation is a positive development for Indian democracy.
Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to the G20 representatives to observe the elections highlights India’s confidence in its democratic processes and its commitment to transparency and inclusivity in the electoral system.