Voting was held Monday to elect the 14th President of India as members of Parliament and legislative assemblies exercised their franchise at designated centers at Parliament House and state assemblies complex.
A total of 714 MPs voted in the Presidential polls in Parliament House. Briefing media in New Delhi, Secretary General, Lok Sabha and returning officer for Presidential elections, Anoop Mishra said, four MLAs also voted in Parliament house and 54 MPs exercised their franchise in their states.
MP from Sasaram Chedi Paswan didn’t vote due to a Supreme Court order. Besides, Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Ambumani Ramadoss also did not cast vote. Mr Mishra said, overall polling per centage was nearly 99 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah who is also a legislator from Gujarat cast their vote. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and BSP chief Mayawati were among those prominent leaders who cast their votes at Parliament house.
Former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar are in the direct fight in the polls in the race to the Raisina Hills. The voting concluded at 5pm. Paper ballots were used in this election. The results will be declared on Thursday.
Nearly 99 per cent voting was recorded today for electing India’s next president. Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer for the election Anoop Mishra told that the voting was close to 99 per cent and perhaps this would be the highest ever percentage.
Mishra said, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting. In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent.
Counting will begin at 11 AM on July 20. First the ballot box of Parliament House will be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states will be counted on alphabetical basis.