The Election Commissioner pointed out that India's electorate is larger than the population of all of Europe. The country is one of the world’s most stable democracies – giving it a unique position in the world.
Polling stations are set up at altitudes ranging from sea level to 16,000 feet above sea level. Polling officials reach their destination using a wide variety of transportation including on foot, on boats and on elephants. The officials face extreme weather conditions. Temperatures can range from -5°C to 47°C.
The Election Commissioner pointed out that the entire process is supervised by less than 4000 IAS / IPS officers despite being so complex and diverse. He stated that around 1 million polling officials will actually conduct the elections. Therefore the entire process is very lean and thin.
Brahma observed that the Election Commission needed to conduct the entire election process without a single mistake. This, according to him, is a critical factor in ensuring the quality of governance in the country. It was the duty of the Election Commission to conduct the election in a free, fair and transparent manner.
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