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Are these lawmakers invalid for voting in Presidential election?
On July 20, 2017, the results of 14th Presidential election of Indian Republic were declared. As expected by all, the NDA-nominee came out successful.

We all congratulate the President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his victory in the presidential poll and we do sincerely hope that the new comer would lead the country on the path of genuine democracy and growing prosperity. Being a low-profile politician, the new President may easily become another rubber stamp President of India. If that happens it may just end up as a comedy on Indian democracy. In this scenario, the million dollar question raised before millions of Indians is very clear: Will the President-elect change things for the better?

Though we are not fully sure about making changes for the better, we are dead sure about certain other things in hand. Interestingly, in the recent Prez poll, there were 77 votes declared invalid. Out of 77 invalid votes, the MPs had cast 21. A big question now arises: Are these lawmakers invalid for voting? It is highly ridiculous to think of a person who cannot exercise a valid vote in an election is representing lakhs of voters of his constituency.

As for the validity of votes, the rules are not many or neither very difficult to follow. If a voter fails to mark the first reference, or marks the preference in a fashion other than the one prescribed by the Election Commission of India, the vote is considered as invalid. As an additional requirement, the Election Commission has made it mandatory to use a special marker pen to mark the vote. Accordingly, the votes marked with ordinary pens were liable to be rejected during counting. That's all!

However, as the result data goes, a total of 77 votes were declared invalid during the counting for the presidential election. Interestingly, the list of rejected ballots was topped by MPs. Out of a total of 77 votes which were found to be invalid, 21 votes were cast by members of Parliament. It is a big shame that at least 21 MPs in India were mere fools who were not able to exercise their franchise properly.

This apart, ten votes from West Bengal Assembly, six from Delhi, four each from Manipur and Jharkhand and two from UP were also found to be invalid. The total value of invalid votes thus comes at 20,942. All this data simply showcases the knowledge level of the so-called lawmakers of India. This simply means that at least 77 legislators or parliamentarians in India are unable to exercise a valid vote. They have made their votes invalid by their inadvertent acts, especially in a ludicrous or absurd way. All this simply substantiates and exposes the ignorance of these law makers as to the voting system in an electoral college.

A bigger question now arises in the minds of many in India searching for possible answers, if any: Are all these lawmakers invalid for mere voting? If not, are they still valid for the so-called governance and law-making? It is highly ridiculous and nonsensical to think of a person who cannot exercise a valid vote in an election is representing lakhs of voters of his constituency. How can this abnormality happen in a democracy like India? Isn't it a comical part of Indian democracy? Anyway, it is not amusing anybody who takes care of national interest in letter and spirit.

(The author Mr VS Vadivel FCA ACS is an eminent Chartered Accountant, notable author, socio-economic thinker and unique academician from India).

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