Presidential Elections 2017: Voting ends; all eyes on counting day July 20

Posted July 17, 2017

Election Commission today allowed BJP president Amit Shah to cast their votes from New Delhi for tomorrow's Presidential elections.

Polling to choose the successor of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee, who demits office on July 25, started simultaneously in Parliament in the national capital and state assemblies at 10 a.m.

Jailed MLAs Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam will be brought to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from prison for voting. The BJP is confident that a majority of the independent MLAs will support its candidate, Ram Nath Kovind. The special pen will have to be returned to the polling staff. Voting by using any other pen will be held invalid.

Rejecting calls for a consensus, the opposition led by the Congress pitched veteran politician and former diplomat Meira Kumar's hat into the ring.

Former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar are the candidates for the India's top constitutional post this time.

"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.

As indicated by the report, 184 (33%) out of 543 Lok Sabha MPs, 44 (19%) out of 231 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1,353 (33%) out of 4,078 MLAs over all states and union domains, have pronounced criminal cases of evidence against themselves in their affirmations in the latest races.

Nominated members of the Rajya Sabha are not permitted to vote.

The MPs from the state are expected to vote in Delhi, the official said.

The meetings have been convened to educate MLAs on casting their votes in the elections.

The people of the Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic and Republic India do not elect its own president directly.

The voting is taking place in the committee hall at the Assembly Secretariat amid tight security. The value of an MLA's vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents.

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).

The value of each MLA's vote in Telangana is 132.