Presidential poll: Voters will use special violet-ink pens to mark ballot

Katrina Barker
July 17, 2017

All 294 MLAs along with 31 Lok Sabha members and 12 Rajya Sabha members from the state, including suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha member Kunal Ghosh, voted here.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar are among 55 MPs who will vote in their state assemblies instead of Parliament House for the presidential election tomorrow, an Election Commission document says.

The special pens are being used for the first time in the presidential election, in which National Democratic Alliance's Ram Nath Kovind will compete against United Progressive Alliance's Meira Kumar.

Though the SP, BSP, Congress and RLD members have announced their support for the opposition candidate but cross voting could be a major problem for the SP and other parties.

Lawmakers have begun to cast their votes to elect the 14 President of India.

Of the 234 MLAs in the state, excluding the RK Nagar constituency, which had fallen vacant after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, all others are eligible to vote.

The MLAs or MPs will not be allowed to take pen, pencil or mobile phones inside the polling area besides strict security arrangement would be in place during the elections. The ballot boxes will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20. The total value of all MLA votes is 5,49,495.

Deka said two MLAs, Tarun Gogoi and Kamal Shing Narzary, will cast their votes in New Delhi.

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).

"This ideology is of social justice, inclusiveness, secularism, transparency, freedom of expression, freedom of press and total destruction of the caste system. So it is very important that we protect and preserve it", said Kumar.

"The forces which are present should be decimated". The victor can be announced earlier based on the parties' support. "I have travelled with my mother", Ansul Kumar said.

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