Presidential polls: Voters to get special pens

Yolanda Curtis
July 17, 2017

The EC has allowed 14 Rajya Sabha members and 41 Lok Sabha members to vote in state legislative assemblies instead of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the voting procedure has been commenced at 10 am which will continue till 5 pm today at Room no-54 of the Odisha Assembly. Ballots marked with any other ink will be invalid.

A majority of the MPs and MLAs who will vote in next week's presidential polls are crorepatis, accounting for 75 per cent of the total votes, says a report.


The pens have been procured from Mysore Paints and Varnish Limited that supplies indelible ink to mark voters' fingers. President Pranab Mukherjee's term is expiring on July 25.

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. They can not use their own pens to vote and were given unique serial-numbered special pens with violet ink. After the vote, the pen will be returned to the polling staff. The presidential race, which will be hung on July 17, has Ram Nath Kovind as the applicant bolstered by the decision National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and Meira Kumar - the primary lady to end up Lok Sabha speaker - as Opposition competitor.

"Before entering the voting chamber, a polling staff will collect personal pens from the voters and hand over the special pen to mark their vote on the ballot paper", an EC official told NDTV. The poll panel has also appointed 33 observers to keep vigil and oversee the conduct during the polls. The counting of votes will take place in Parliament on July 20.


Nominated members of the Rajya Sabha are not permitted to vote.

The development comes a year after the controversial Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana.

The President is elected through an electoral college that comprises MPs and State and Union Territory MLAs.


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