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Presidential election 2017: How are the votes calculated?

The voting for the Presidential election 2017 takes place by means of secret ballot through single transferable vote.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Ever wondered why the President of the world’s largest democracy is not elected by its people? 

Technically the citizens of India elect the President. Just that the elections are indirect. In a general election, citizens above the age of 18 exercise their franchise to elect their representatives for Legislative Assembly and Parliament. It is these legislators who in turn vote to choose a President. 

The value of the vote of each legislator varies based on the population of the State he/she belongs to. The voting takes place by means of secret ballot through single transferable vote.

Here's how the value of the votes are calculated.

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(Source: ECI)


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