PALWAL, INDIA - APRIL 6: Supporters of Mayawati Kumari, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state, listen to her speech during a political rally on April 6, 2009 in Palwal, India. Indian voters are poised to go to the polls in a five-phase election starting on April 16. The BSP was founded in 1984 to represent the Dalits, also regarded as untouchables or of low caste. While the caste system has been formally abolished under the Indian constitution, there is still discrimination and prejudice against Dalits across South Asia. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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By Francesca Trianni
April 4, 2014

April will be a big month for democracy, as elections take place in India, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Hungary, Indonesia, Algeria and Iraq – countries with total electorates of more than one billion people. In particular, the upcoming elections in India and Indonesia promise to be momentous, with more than 1 billion eligible voters, more than 1.5 million electronic voting machines and more than a million polling stations in India alone. In the video above, we asked TIME’s International Editor Bobby Ghosh for a preview of what we should know about the upcoming elections in the two countries.


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