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VP Election: 75% of electorate to vote are crorepatis, says report

Want to know how India will get its 14th President? Here's a primer VP Election: 75% of electorate to vote are crorepatis, says report
Kayla Schwartz | 17 July, 2017, 14:39

There are a total of 32 polling stations, including one at Parliament House and one each at all the 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". Electors are not allowed to carry their personal pens to vote and are given the pens procured from Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd., which supplies indelible ink to mark the fingers of voters. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 24 and a new President has to take over on July 25. The green ballot papers are for the MPs, and the pink ones are for the MLAs.

MPs and MLAs will be provided with a special pen, which has a special ink, with which they will have to mark their preference from among the two candidates vying for the top post in the country. Nominated members of Parliament or the Assemblies are not eligible to vote. EC officials were categorical that if the ballot paper is marked by any other pen then the vote will be declared invalid.

The pens have been introduced following a controversy during voting in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana in September 2016.

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Returning officer and principal secretary (Assembly) Pradeep Kumar Dubey told reporters that all preparation for the smooth conduct of polling have been completed.

The votes would be counted and results would be announced on July 20. Next day, the boxes will be taken to Delhi for the counting of votes. Ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both Dalits, were pitted against each other in the election.

As many as 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 members from the Lok Sabha and 4,120 MLAs from the state Assemblies comprise the electors.

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