Voting for 14th President of India Begins

Angelica Greene
July 17, 2017

Members of Parliament and legislators who will vote to elect the next President on Monday have been barred from carrying their personal pens inside the voting chamber and will have to mark their ballot with a specially-designed marker, the Election Commission (EC) said on Sunday.

The panel has also permitted 14 Rajya Sabha members including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien and Mukul Roy to vote in legislative assemblies.

The President is elected through an electoral college that comprises MPs and State and Union Territory MLAs. The vote value of an MLA from Assam is 116.

Among them, a total of 993 members have serious criminal cases against them.

The opposition's presidential nominee, Meira Kumar, today met the Congress MPs and MLAs from Himachal Pradesh and urged them to use their "conscience" while voting in the July 17 election to the country's top constitutional post.

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The report said, "In light of the quantity of votes that MPs and MLAs who have pronounced criminal cases are qualified for thrown, an aggregate of 3,67,393 votes (34%) out of 10,91,472 votes investigated are of MPs and MLAs who have proclaimed criminal arguments against themselves". For example the total population of Manipur is 1,072,753 (as per the census of 1971, ) and it is divided by 1000 and to that divided by number of MLAs 60. Kovind has the support of ruling BJP's alliance NDA and seven other smaller parties.

“No mobile phone or camera will be allowed inside the central hall during the polling, ” Deka said. These parties have around 13 percent votes.

The new President will be sworn into office on July 25.

Born on 31 March 1945 (72) in Patna, Bihar is a former Lawyer, Politician and Diplomat.

If elected, 71-year-old Kovind will be the second Dalit to become President after K.R. Narayanan, who was the 10th President.

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