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Polling for India's President elections underway

Polling for India's President elections underway

The President of India is elected by an Electoral College, which comprises Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies.

The electoral college for the President consists of all Members of Parliament from both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha (excluding nominated members) and MLAs of State Legislatures. The JD (S) has chose to support joint Opposition candidate, Meira Kumar.

MLAs from different states have different vote values depending on the population of the state. In total the country has 4120 MLAs and 776 parliamentarians whom they represent the over 1.2 billion people. All MPs have a similar vote value of 708.

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Among state assemblies, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of women votes (8,320), followed by West Bengal (6,191) and Madhya Pradesh (4,192), the report added. He only needs the support of a couple of neutral parties to sail through.

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 recent political updates of the political leaders of non-NDA parties namely AIADMK, YSRCP, JD (U), BJD, TRS, INLD and IND have expressed their stand to support the candidate of NDA. The latter account for 10 percent of the votes. However, they are not in either of the camp and likely to play the key role to elect a new President. The winning candidate needs to get more than 50 percent of these votes. And former Bihar Governor Ran Nath Kovind also.

A polling staff will collect any personal pen carried by the legislator before he or she enters the voting chamber.

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If elected, 71-year-old Kovind will be the second Dalit to become President after K.R. Narayanan, who was the 10th President.

Votes of 12 MLAs from the Congress and its allies were declared invalid in September 2016 because they had marked their preferences with a pen other than the one officially supplied by the poll staff.

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