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Presidential Election 2017: Himachal Pradesh Records 100 Per Cent Polling

17 July 2017

Legislators and Parliament members from the state are set to cast their votes in the presidential election at Vidhana Soudha on Monday.Secretariat officials have made necessary arrangements to ensure smooth polling. This includes 774 of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4,078 of 4,120 MLAs. The total votes come at around 527,371 with 48.10 percent of votes, according to different sources and statistics available. On July 23, a special farewell will be held in Parliament for President Pranab Mukherjee. After the vote, the pen will be returned to the polling staff. For marking the votes, the Election Commission is providing special pens to the electors in the polling booth along with the ballot paper.

The violet ink pen, procured from Mysore Paints that supplies indelible ink to mark voters' fingers, carries a unique serial number and will be handed over to the voter before they enter the voting chambers in Parliament and state assemblies.

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He also served Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) for 12 years (1994-2006).

The poll panel has also prepared special posters for dos and donts so as to "ensure peaceful poll".

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As per the election rules, political parties can not issue any whip to their MPs and MLAs for the presidential election. The ballot boxes will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20. There are two candidates in the fray for the coveted post- National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Meira Kumar.

EC has appointed 33 observers to oversee the conduct of the election. The elections will take place at in all state Legislative assembly Secretariats and Parliament House in New Delhi. Both the candidates as well as leaders of ruling parties and oppositions are campaigning across the country seeking votes from the state legislatures and parliamentarians.

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The BJP has the most MPs in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and rules the most states.

Presidential Election 2017: Himachal Pradesh Records 100 Per Cent Polling