Explainer: Here's how India's 14th President will be elected

1,581 MPs with criminal background will elect next President of India

Naidu was the first to cast his vote followed by Kodela at the polling booth in the state Assembly's committee hall. The votes would be cast from 1000 to 1700 hours, informed Bihar Assembly Secretary cum Assistant Returning Officer Ram Shreshtha Rai.

Among members of the Rajya Sabha from Bengal, Kovind's score could be zero, since the BJP does not have single member from the state in the Upper House of the Parliament. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 24 and a new President has to take over on July 25.

Also, in new order by the Election Commission (EC), MPs have been asked to cast their votes in "green" box while MLAs will be voting in "pink". Besides, the EC has also asked the electors to mark their preference votes only with the special pen having violet ink provided by the EC for the objective. Although the odds favour the NDA's Presidential face Ram Nath Kovind nationally, in the 295-member Bengal Assembly and among its 42 Lok Sabha members, the presence of the BJP is weak. A total of four thousand 896 voters comprising 776 elected MPs and 4120 MLAs will be given a special marker to sign their ballot. Leader of the Opposition and DMK Working President M K Stalin told reporters after casting his vote that his party chief M Karunanidhi would not be coming to vote in view of his health and doctor's advice. "Similarly, it has permitted 5 MLAs to exercise their vote in Parliament and 4 MLAs to vote in other State legislative Assemblies", the note added.

Each vote from these electors has a "vote value".

As many as 3,460 MPs and MLAs or 71 per cent of the total members whose affidavits were analysed are crorepatis.

After the ink controversy in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana a year ago, the EC has made a decision to give special pens to the electors to mark their votes in the presidential and vice-presidential polls.

NDA's Ram Nath Kovind enjoys the support of nearly 60% votes while his competitor - Meira Kumar - is backed by only 17 parties.

Both the candidates of the presidential election are from the Dalit community and campaigned hard by visiting states to seek the support of the legislators. Earlier, at about 8.30 am the ballot box was inspected by authorities at the strong room in the Assembly complex and brought to the polling station (conference hall) by 9.10 am.

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