The electoral college has a vote value of 10.98 lakh and comprises 4,896 electors - elected members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and elected members of legislative assemblies of states and union territories. According to the Election Commission, since the technology for proportional election and single transferable vote is yet to be developed in the electronic voting machines, the presidential election is taking place through ballot papers.
For marking the votes, the Election Commission is providing special pens to the electors in the polling booth along with the ballot paper. “Only these pens can be used for marking the votes. The use of any other pen would render the ballot invalid.” Lok Sabha Secretary General has been appointed returning officer for the poll. The counting of votes will take place on July 20. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee’s term expires on July 24 and a new President has to take over on July 25. (UNI)