Game of Thrones at Raisina Hill: Voting begins for Presidential elections

Presidential polls 2017: EC's special violet pens being used for casting of votes

State Legislative Assembly Principal Secretary Mrigendra Kumar Deka told The Assam Tribune that a set of 10 such pens have been sent by the EC for the polling to be held in Assam.

PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss will be boycotting the presidential elections since the BJP had failed to meet the PMK's demand for a promise to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within one month for extending support to Kovind.

(3) The election of the President shall be held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote and the voting at such election shall be by secret ballot Explanation n this article, the expression population means the population ascertained at the last preceding census of which the relevant figures have been published.

The BJP and allies have almost 63 per cent of the vote while the Congress-led opposition has a little over 35 per cent. Independents and other smaller parties, who have not made their choice known, have two per cent.

Opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has appointed MLAs Wazed Ali Choudhury and Hafiz Bashir Ahmed as her representatives for the polling.

President Pranab Mukherjee demits office on July 25.

There are 288 MLAs in Maharashtra who are eligible to vote in the election. The value of one MP's vote is 708 and the value of one UP MLA vote is 208.




"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.

A Tripura lawmaker Ramendra Chandra Debnath also voted in Kolkata as he was undergoing treatment here.

Two ballot boxes along with ballot papers in two colours arrived in Bengaluru at the Vidhana Soudha on Sunday from Delhi.

Apart from the state MLAs, an MLA from Kerala also voted in Chennai.

Hyderabad: Voting for the presidential election began in the Telangana Legislative Assembly here today with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao casting the first vote.

"MPs and MLAs will not be allowed to carry their personal pens inside the voting hall". The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903.

The arithmetic in the electoral college favours 72-year-old Kovind, who has received support from several key regional parties outside NDA-fold including Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, and Janata Dal (U).

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