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Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

18 July 2017, 12:22 | Ruby West

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33% of MPs MLAs who will vote for India’s next president have criminal cases against them Survey

BJP chief Amit Shah, who is an MLA of the Gujarat assembly, too cast his vote in Parliament.

Ram Nath Kovind (left) and Meira Kumar.

The MPs who did not cast their vote were Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal, BJD's Rama Chandra Hansdah and Anbumani Ramadoss of PMK.

Green-coloured ballot papers will be there for MPs and pink for MLAs.

Panaji: Voting for the presidential election is underway at the Goa secretariat at Porvorim today morning with chief minister Manohar Parrikar among those to cast votes in the first one hour. While the Congress and JD (S) have extended their support to former LS Speaker Meira Kumar, the BJP has been campaigning for NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the former Governor of Bihar. The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi after all the ballot boxes have been brought from various state capitals.

Polling was conducted smoothly throughout the day and till the time of the conclusion of polling 86 MLAs out of the total 87cast their votes. The president of this most populous representative democracy in the world is elected by an electoral college consisting elected members of state assembly houses (MLA) and both the houses of parliament (Rajya Sabha and Loksabha) not the nominated MP like actress Rekha, who is now a Rajya Sabha MP, is not allowed to vote in the presidential election.

The legislators were provided special pens to cast their votes. The electoral assembly comprises of 776 Members of Parliament and 4120 Member of Legislative Assembly.

Every elected legislator will exercise his/her franchise to choose the country's next President.

"Out of total of 771 Members of Parliament entitled to vote (04 vacant and 01 disqualified), 768 cast their votes, i.e. 99.61 per cent".

The committee room in the legislative assembly has been made the polling centre.

All state/ union territories assemblies combined have 51,383 (9 percent) votes, out of which 363 women members account for 5,43,480 votes.

Another NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that the arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections. Like this the vote value of an MLA of Manipur is 18 (17.8792).

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