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Presidential Election 2017: Total 146 MLAs cast their vote in State Assembly

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Bhubaneswar: The law makers of Odisha today casted their votes in the State Legislative Assembly for Presidential election from 10 am to 5pm.

The battle for the country’s first citizenship is between NDA candidate and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition candidate former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to become the 14th President of India.

A total of 146 MLAs of the ruling party, independent and opposition parties casted their votes at room no-54 of the Assembly.

At the outset, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, other Ministers, LoP Narasingha Mishra and BJP’s Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray have already casted their votes for their respective candidates.

Notably, the total strength of the electoral college is 10,98,903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708.

The vote weight of a member of a State Assembly is calculated keeping in mind the population of the state he or she represents. A candidate needs 50 per cent-plus votes to win the poll. That translates to 5,49,452 votes.

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