Explainer: Here's how India's 14th President will be elected

Joanna Estrada
July 17, 2017

The Commission's statement said that five members of Legislative Assemblies were permitted to exercise their vote in Parliament and four MLAs to vote in other State Legislative Assemblies.

The Vidhan Bhawan has turned into a fortress where polling for Presidential elections will be held on Monday which is likely to be marred by cross voting as a section of Samajwadi Party legislators have threatened to violate party diktat and vote "as per their conscience".

A majority of the MPs and MLAs who will vote in next week's presidential polls are crorepatis, accounting for 75 per cent of the total votes, says a report. "Separate tables have been set up for the MPs and the MLAs while special pen would be used for the first time to tick the ballot papers", he said. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 24 and a new President has to take over on July 25. This includes 774 of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4,078 of 4,120 MLAs. The pen will be taken back by the polling staff once the voting is done and the legislator exits the voting chamber.

Ram Nath Kovind, Governor of Bihar, is the NDA's candidate for the Presidential polls and is pitted against Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker as the Opposition candidate.

The pens for the presidential polls were introduced following a controversy that broke out during voting in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana in September 2016.

The poll process at the state assembly is being conducted by Returning Officer Amiya Kumar Sarangi and Asst Returning Officer Bhabani Shankar Senapati.

In the presidential polling on Monday, votes cast by any other pen is likely to lead to "invalidation of the vote at the time of counting under Rule 31 (1)(d) of Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections Rules 1974". Out of the 245 sanctioned strength of MPs in the Rajya Sabha 12 of them are nominated by the president, thus the total number of Rajya Sabha MPs counted for presidential election comes at 233.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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