Highest voter turnout witnessed in 2017 presidential elections

33% of MPs MLAs who will vote for India’s next president have criminal cases against them Survey

The two contestants for the post of the countrys next president are NDAs candidate Ram Nath Kovind and the oppositions Meira Kumar. The JD (S) has chose to support joint Opposition candidate, Meira Kumar.

The ECI has permitted 14 Rajya Sabha members, 41 Lok Sabha members to vote in the State Legislative Assemblies instead of Parliament.

Madhya Pradesh BJP MLA Narottam Mishra was disqualified from voting in the Presidential poll. Significantly, Legislators in UP, West Bengal and Bihar showed keen enthusiasm in choosing the next President. The counting of votes will take place in Parliament on July 20.

GFP, a BJP ally, is supporting the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind. "Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin", Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling. He said, MPs Tapas Paul, Ramachandra Hansdah didn't vote as they are in police custody.

"This is possibly the highest voter turnout". "Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have recorded 100 per cent voting".

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

After Palaniswami, his cabinet colleagues including Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan, and School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan, rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, his loyalist and former Minister K Pandiarajan cast their votes.

A total of 776 MPs and 4,120 MLAs were eligible to vote. Fifty-four MPs had sought permissions to cast their vote in State capitals.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who are yet to resign from the Lok Sabha, will vote at the respective Assemblies.

The Rajasthan Assembly has 200 MLAs in which BJP has 161 MLAs, Congress 24, four of NPP, two each of Zamindara Party and BSP, and seven independent.

# Only members of the Parliament and State Assemblies can cast their votes to elect President of India.

In Telangana, 117 members of the 119-member Legislative Assembly have utilized their franchise today in the Presidential Poll held for the first time after its formation.

"Before entering into voting chamber, one polling staff, will collect personal pen, if any one is possessing and will give EC Special Pen to MPs/MLAs for marking ballot", a note by the EC read.

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