Ram Nath Kovind elected as India’s 14th president

Vastavam web: Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA candidate, was today elected as India’s 14th president receiving an overwhelming majority of votes from the country’s lawmakers.Kovind defeated opposition’s Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, garnering more than 65 percent of the votes in the Electoral College, the Returning Officer for the poll announced today.The 71-year old, who will be the second Dalit to hold the top constitutional position, received 2930 votes with a value of 702044, the returning officer, Anoop Mishra, said.

The Electoral College comprises of Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies of all states.A total of 4,896 voters 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the electoral college.The polling was marked by cross-voting in various states where many opposition members favoured Kovind.