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Arunachal Pradesh MLAs cast vote in prez poll

Press Trust of India  |  Itanagar 

The legislators of Assembly today cast their votes to elect the next president of the country.

Of the total 59 members in a house of 60, 58 exercised their franchise. Health and Family Welfare minister Jomde Kena did not cast his vote here as he was in

Assembly secretary M Lasa said, Kena voted in

One seat in the Assembly was vacant after former deputy chief minister and sitting Kameng Dolo from Pakke-Kessang constituency lost membership of the House following a Supreme ruling in connection with an filed against him by leader and former minister Atum Welly.

The ruling in the state has 47 MLAs while the Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA), a constituent member of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), has 9 members who are supporting the presidential candidate.

There are two independents and a lone member in the House.

The two independents are also supporting the candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Kovind is pitted against opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the race to the country's top constitutional post.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 15:42 IST