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Voting for presidential election ends in MP

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The voting for the presidential ended in the Legislative Assembly premises today with 228 legislators casting their votes.

The two contestants for the post of the country's next president are NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind and the opposition's

"All the 228 MLAs in the electoral list cast their votes with special pens provided to them by 3.05 pm, almost two hours before the polling to close," an Commission (EC) official told PTI.

He said the voting went off smoothly.

Earlier, Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Singh were among the early voters.

The MP Assembly has a total strength of 230 members, but the electoral list for today included 228 MLAs.

The Chitrakoot Assembly seat is vacant due to the demise of while the state's public relations minister, Narottam Mishra, has been disqualified for three years by the Commission over paid charges.

There are 29 Lok Sabha MPs and 12 Rajya Sabha members from

The legislators were provided special pens to cast their votes.

Following the ink controversy in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana last year, the decided to use special pens for the electors to mark their votes in the presidential election.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 16:57 IST