Presidential Election Voting begins

by Susie Olson July 18, 2017, 0:18
Presidential Election Voting begins

Every elected legislator will exercise his/her franchise to choose the country's next President. Votes of 12 MLAs from Congress and its allies were declared invalid because they had marked their preferences with a pen other than the one officially supplied by the poll staff, reports PTI. Paper ballots were used in this election.

PM Narendra Modi casts his vote at Parliament for Presidential Polls 2017.

# Each MLA vote comes with a certain value that is calculated on the basis of population of the state.

The voting for the presidential election started at the Vidhan Bhawan at 10 am and ended at 5 pm.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that the Presidential election is a fight between two different ideologies, and not between two persons.

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He said the final figures from four states - Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura - were still awaited. Other 14 parties (AITC, CPI (M), NCP, SP, BSP, AAP, RJD, AIUDF, JDS, JMM, AIMIM, CPI, JKNC) that have extended their support to the opposition's candidate have a total number of 60,180 votes in Lok Sabha, 47,436 votes in Raj Sabha, 152,776 votes in state assemblies with around 24 percent of vote. "There is no question of voting for anyone else", he said.

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. "When member come out of voting chamber special pen will be taken back by polling staff and would be handed over his/her pen if he/she was carrying", the note added.

Hence, the colour of ballot papers will help the returning officer count votes based on the value. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cast his vote in Gujarat. Earlier, at about 8.30 am the ballot box was inspected by authorities at the strong room in the Assembly complex and brought to the polling station (conference hall) by 9.10 am.

The electoral college for the presidential election consists of all elected members of both the lower and upper houses of the Parliament and state legislative assemblies. Among the first MLAs to vote was BJP MLA C.T. Ravi.


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