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Surge in voter turnout in Indian polls

Turnout in India's multi-phase election is so far almost eight percentage points higher than last time, data showed Wednesday, reflecting enthusiasm for polls expected to bring the opposition Hindu nationalists to power. Polling in five of the ten phases has been completed, with the biggest day of voting set for Thursday. The last ballots will be cast on May 12 and final counting is scheduled for May 16.

Despite bad reviews in 2011, Conservatives stick with voluntary census for 2016

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is sticking with a voluntary survey in place of a mandatory long-form census in 2016. Statistics Canada says the format will remain the same as in the controversial 2011 census period. There will be a mandatory short form for all Canadian households, and a voluntary National Household Survey for one in three households. The last survey came back with a 68.6 per cent response rate, compared with 93.5 per cent when the long form was mandatory.

US inflation strengthens in March

US consumer prices rose in March driven by surges in the cost of food, housing and other services, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday. The consumer price index was up 0.2 percent over February, taking the 12-month gain to 1.5 percent. Energy prices fell slightly, while food prices rose 0.5 percent, shelter costs jumped 2.7 percent and health care service costs gained 2.4 percent. Stripped of the volatile food and energy costs, core CPI rose 0.2 percent as well. The core index was up 1.7 percent for the 12 months to March.

How the Associated Press-GfK poll on tax preparation was conducted

The Associated Press-GfK poll on tax preparation was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications March 20-24. It is based on online interviews of 1,012 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel. The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited via phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don't already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn't access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.

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India's marathon nine-phase election kicks off Monday and will end on May 12 when hundreds of millions will have cast their ballots. AFP explains how it works and what is at stake. Q. Why will it take so long? Almost 814 million adult Indians are eligible to vote, making it the biggest election in history. Organisers say it would be impossible to operate and guard nearly 930,000 polling stations on a single day.

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India's marathon nine-phase election kicks off Monday and will end on May 12 when hundreds of millions will have cast their ballots. AFP explains how it works and what is at stake. Q. Why will it take so long? Almost 814 million adult Indians are eligible to vote, making it the biggest election in history. Organisers say it would be impossible to operate and guard nearly 930,000 polling stations on a single day.

Myanmar census to lift lid on secretive nation

Myanmar is preparing its first census in decades, giving a vital snapshot of the ethnically diverse society but inflaming tensions in a nation where suspicions of government run deep after years of junta rule. Cheerful information posters festoon roadsides ahead of the 12-day survey, which will see tens of thousands of census takers -- mainly teachers -- fan out from the mountainous north to conflict-scarred jungle borderlands and the tropical south.

Hollande allies trail conservatives in French local vote: exit poll

PARIS (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists and their left-wing allies trailed opposition conservatives in the first round of town hall elections on Sunday, exit polls showed off his first major poll test since coming to power in May 2012.

Higher youth turnout could change tone, content and outcome of political debate

OTTAWA - "My vote won't make any difference." It's a common refrain among those who don't bother to cast ballots in Canadian elections. But a new analysis of young non-voters in the last federal election suggests they should think again. If young people had turned out to vote in the same numbers as the population overall in 2011, pollster Nik Nanos says his research suggests they would have changed not just the outcome of the election but the tone and content of the political debate.

Higher youth turnout could change tone, content and outcome of political debate

OTTAWA - "My vote won't make any difference." It's a common refrain among those who don't bother to cast ballots in Canadian elections. But a new analysis of young non-voters in the last federal election suggests they should think again. If young people had turned out to vote in the same numbers as the population overall in 2011, pollster Nik Nanos says his research suggests they would have changed not just the outcome of the election but the tone and content of the political debate.
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