MPs to vote in their state assemblies for Presidential Election 2017: EC

MPs to vote in their state assemblies for Presidential Election 2017: EC

In June a year ago, 12 votes during the RS polls from the state were marked using the wrong pen and were declared invalid after which the Congress party alleged that the original pen was "replaced".

Two ballot boxes along with ballot papers in two colours arrived in Bengaluru at the Vidhana Soudha on Sunday from Delhi. Ram Nath Kovind, the Governor of Bihar and Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of Lok Sabha were announced as candidates of NDA and Opposition respectively.

The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in Delhi. A candidate will need 50 percent-plus votes, which is around 5,49,452 votes, to be elected as the next President of Republic of India. Added all up, the total number of MPs vote in India is 776 (Lok Sabha 543 + Rajya Sabha 233).

The presidential polling was the highlight of the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament that saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaching four minutes before polling started to cast his vote.

Apart from them 14 Rajya Sabha members, including 12 from the West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, and 41 Lok Sabha members too have been exempted from casting votes in Parliament by the commission, which conducts the election for the country's highest office. Paper ballots were used in this election.

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The 2017 Presidential Elections are being fought between Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar.

"All the 228 MLAs in the electoral list cast their votes with special pens provided to them by 3.05 pm, nearly two hours before the polling to close", an Election Commission (EC) official told PTI. It has also allowed five MLAs to vote in the Parliament and four MLAs to vote in other state legislative assemblies.

In the Rajasthan Assembly 199 legislators out of 200 exercised their franchise. Among the first MLAs to vote was BJP MLA C.T. Ravi.

The presidential election has once again divided the Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, with the father-son duo voting for separate candidates. The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903. Many legislators were seen queuing up outside the polling centre to cast their votes.

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