New Delhi - Information on India's general elections, which have been staggered over five dates, April 16, 23 and 30 and May 8 and 13:
* Voting in some states will take place over several stages, and the final results are to be announced May 16.
* More than 714 million people form the electorate, an increase of 43 million voters over the last elections in 2004.
* Voter turnout has ranged from 55 to 63 per cent since the first general elections in 1952.
* Voters are to select 543 members of the Lok Sabha, or lower house of the Indian Parliament.