India's election by the numbers

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NEW DELHI (AP) — With more than 800 million eligible voters and close to a million polling stations across the country, everything about India's general elections promises to be huge.

For six weeks beginning Monday, Indians will head to the polls in nine phases for parliamentary elections in the world's biggest democracy.

Here's a look at some of the mind-boggling numbers:

— 1.2 billion: India's population.

— 814.5 million: Eligible voters.

— 543: The number of constituencies where elections are being held.

— 11 million: Election officials, paramilitary officers and police who will preside over the voting process.

— 1.4 million: Electronic voting machines set up for the election.

— $600 million: The amount the government will spend to conduct the election.

— $72,800 to $113,250: The amount each political candidate is allowed to spend on his or her election campaign.

— 935,000: The number of polling stations across the country.

— 28,000: The number of transgender voters who registered. For the first time, India offered a third gender choice — "other" — on voter registration forms.

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