Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

Since the election is through a secret ballot, the parties can not issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular candidate. Nine ballot boxes will reach Delhi on Monday while the rest will reach here on Tuesday as per schedule. 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.

Kovind, 72, if elected, will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan. But the value of the vote of an MP does not vary - it is 708.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah who is also a legislator from Gujarat cast their vote. Her nomination, which followed Kovind's, was seen by many as the opposition's attempt to counter Modi's move to woo dalits.

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

The voting for the presidential election ended in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly premises today with 228 legislators casting their votes.

A total of 4,896 voters - 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs - are eligible to cast their ballot.

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

While MPs will mark their vote on a green-coloured ballot paper, pink-coloured ballot papers will be used for MLAs. Among the first MLAs to vote was BJP MLA C.T. Ravi.

The polling for election to the office of President of India started here today at 10 am under the supervision of Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shaleen Kabra, and Election Observers from Election Commission of India.

The Article 55 in the Constitution of India ensures uniformity in the scale of representation of the different States at the election of the President.

The total number of votes available to such MPs and MLAs is 3,67,393 votes or 34 percent of the total votes. Like this the vote value of an MLA of Manipur is 18 (17.8792). Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, who conducted the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting prior to the commencement of voting, cast his vote along with party MLAs.