Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

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

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

The panel has also permitted 14 Rajya Sabha members including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien and Mukul Roy to vote in legislative assemblies. Ballots marked with any other ink will be invalid.

Shimla: Hundred per cent polling was recorded in the voting for the presidential election in Himachal with all 67 MLAs casting their vote. On July 23, a special farewell will be held in Parliament for President Pranab Mukherjee.

Additionally, 3,460 or 71 out of 4,852 MPs and MLAs broke down are multi-tycoons according to their self-sworn oaths submitted to the Election Commission at the season of selection for challenging decisions. Each violet-ink pen carries a unique serial number, and the ink has been approved by the EC.

The development comes a year after the controversial Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana. The pen will be taken back by the polling staff once the voting is done and the legislator exits the voting chamber.

"Before entering (a) voting chamber, one polling staff will collect personal pens, if any one is possessing, and will give (the) special pen to MPs and MLAs for marking ballot", the statement said.

The special pens are being used for the first time in the presidential election, in which National Democratic Alliance's Ram Nath Kovind will compete against United Progressive Alliance's Meira Kumar. As per rules governing presidential elections, lawmakers can ask the Commission to make an exception to allow them to vote from some other place. Next day, the boxes will be taken to Delhi for the counting of votes. While two observers will be present in the Parliament House, one each will be deployed in the respective state assemblies.

Further, Dinesh Trivedi, former Union Railway Minister, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh are among the 41 Lok Sabha Members of Parliament who have been given permission to vote in their states by the EC for the Monday polls.

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