Google on Thursday introduced a doodle to celebrate the festival of democracy as India votes for the 17th Lok Sabha election. Today the nation votes for the second phase on 95 seats in 11 states and 1 union territory. 

Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting would take place on May 23.

The internet major is known to mark landmark occasions and life and times of celebrated personalities with a special doodle on its homepage. This time the day marks the elections. 

Search giant depicted a hand with an index finger marked with trademark poll-ink, showing the sign of casting vote. It is referred as ‘indelible ink’, ‘election ink’, or ‘election stain’ as well. 

India is world’s largest democracy with 900 million registered voters. The election commission revealed that 10 lakh polling stations this year will be in operations, up from 9 lakh in the last general election in 2014.   

Elections are also being held for assembly seats in Odisha in stages.

This doodle is visible only in India where the interactive doodle page give information to help the first time voters in the country. 

Instructions for first time voters

1. First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof

2. Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)

3. You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth

4. Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the EVM; You will hear a beep sound