New Delhi, June 19: With less than a month left for Presidential election, the Election Commission will initiate the process of printing ballot papers if there is no consensual candidate. Both the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA and united Opposition are in a huddle to nominate their candidate for Presidential election. Hectic parleys are also underway with each side reaching out to other parties to put their candidate on the top post.
Key facts to know:
- MPs will vote on a green-coloured ballot papers and MLAs on pink in the Presidential election.
- If both the NDA and Opposition field their own candidates and none withdraws till July 1 evening, the EC will initiate the process of “final printing” of ballot papers.
- The value of an MP vote is fixed — 708 while the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents.
- The electoral consists of MPs and MLAs — a total of 4,896 voters including 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs. While 233 are elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 are from the Lok Sabha. The total value of the electoral college is 10,98,903.
- The voting is on July 17 and the ballot boxes will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20.
- Ballot papers for Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi, which are to be printed in English and Hindi, will be printed here by the poll panel itself.
- Ballot papers for Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, West Bengal and Puducherry, which are required to be printed in languages other than Hindi (and/or) English, will be printed in the respective states.
- Electronic voting machines are not used in these elections as EVMs are formatted for first-past-the post system of voting.
- The EC has decided to use special pens for the electors to mark their votes in the presidential election following the ink controversy in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana last year.
With inputs from PTI