Setting Up an Election in the World’s Largest Democracy

MEERUT, India — Raj Singh endured hot winds as he feverishly operated a sewing machine outdoors to repair tents that had ripped in a storm the night before.

The 250 tents had to be ready by the next morning for the arrival of 12,000 election workers, who would be briefed and then dispatched to more than 2,000 polling stations in Meerut, a district in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, before they opened to voters on Thursday.

Mr. Singh, 45, a local businessman who had been hired to put up the tents, had slept the previous three nights in Meerut city’s sprawling Victoria Park, which was full of tents, poles, electric wires, ropes and stacked chairs, and he was going to spend another night there. “The work will go on the whole night or it won’t get done,” he said…read it at The New York Times.

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