Highest voter turnout ever for presidential election

18 July, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Celia Hoffman
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A total of 714 MPs voted in the Presidential polls in Parliament House. The presidential race, which will be hung on July 17, has Ram Nath Kovind as the applicant bolstered by the decision National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and Meira Kumar - the primary lady to end up Lok Sabha speaker - as Opposition competitor. The new President will take over on July 25. 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. 771 of the 776 MPs were eligible to vote for the presidential elections, with 2 vacancies each in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The total strength of the electoral college is 10,98,903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708.

Among the first to cast the votes was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

As voting picked up, many MPs were seen queuing up in Parliament House outside the polling booth in Room No. 62 for the voting.

The ruling BJP exuded confidence that Kovind would win with a "comfortable" margin, while the Opposition said its joint pick Meira Kumar was the best choice in the "clash of ideologies".

Out of the 234 MLAs in TN Assembly, RK Nagar seat is vacant and Karunanidhi is not scheduled to vote and the rest of 232 legislators voted.

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The ballot paper was in two colours - Green colour ballot for MPs and Pink colour for MLAs and two columns - the first column had the candidates' names and second to mark preferences by electors.

The date also revealed that the UPA (INC, IUML, RSP, KC (M), DMK) has 34,692 votes in Lok Sabha, 46,020 in Raj Sabha, 93,137 votes in state assemblies that comes a total of 173,849 votes with around 16 percent of vote to the upcoming 2017 Presidential Election of India.

India is all set to get its 14th President on India as MPs and MLAs cast their votes on Monday.

Another NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that the arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections.

In September 2016, the votes of 12 legislators were declared invalid during the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana, for marking their votes using a pen other than the one provided by the official polling staff.


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