Tamil Nadu Chief Minister To Cast The Vote First At Secretariat: Presidential Election Of India 2022


With the expiry of the term of President Ram Nath Kovind, an election poll to fill in the office is bearing on Monday. NDA chose Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate and Yashwant Sinha, former BJP leader, was unanimously chosen as the common candidate of UPA and other opposition parties for the 2022 Presidential Election. 

At 10 am at the Secretariat in Chennai, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Monday voted in the Presidential election, just after he was discharged from a hospital here following recovery from COVID-19. Stalin was the first to cast his vote in the Secretariat complex and furtherly the polling began.

Special arrangements were made in the assembly hall in the Chennai headquarters for MLAs in Tamil Nadu to cast their votes. An officer was checking the identity card of the MLAs who were coming to vote there along with the name list. 

Another officer handed over the ballot paper. MLAs were given pink ballot papers to vote. Green ballot papers were kept for MPs.There are 39 Lok Sabha seats and 18 Rajya Sabha seats from Tamil Nadu, there are a total of 234 MLAs in the State Legislative Assembly. So far to conclude, NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu having a clear edge over Opposition’s Yashwant Sinha as over 60 per cent votes are expected to be cast in her favour. Respective Chief Ministers of States - Madhya Praddesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Former PM Manmohan Singh, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also cast thier votes. 

The election is held by means of a secret ballot under the Instant-runoff voting system. The President of India is indirectly elected by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 28 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the union territories of Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir. As of 2022, the electoral college comprises 776 MPs and 4,033 MLAs (excluding the 90 MLAs of currently dissolved and recently delimited Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly).