New Delhi, PTI. The effect of the non-constituency of the Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir will be seen in the upcoming Presidential elections as well and the value of the vote of the MPs will decrease. In the previous elections, the value of an MP’s vote was 708, which is expected to come down to 700. The term of President Ram Nath Kovind is ending on July 24 and before that the election of the new President is to be held.

Depends on what vote value

The value of an MP’s vote in the presidential election is based on the number of members elected to the state assemblies of the states and union territories including Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir.

who votes

Members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Assemblies of the states and union territories including Delhi, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir vote in the Presidential elections. The erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir had 83 assembly seats before it was bifurcated into the two union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. Under the new system, Jammu and Kashmir has a legislature, but not Ladakh, and is directly ruled by the Centre.

Delimitation Commission has submitted report

The Delimitation Commission constituted for Jammu and Kashmir has submitted its report last week. It recommended a 90-member assembly for the union territory. But the assembly elections are not yet held and it may take time. However, state MPs will participate in the elections.

it has happened before

This is not the first time that the legislators of a state assembly will not be able to participate in the presidential election. In 1974, the 182-member Gujarat Legislative Assembly was dissolved in March following the Navnirman movement. The Gujarat Legislative Assembly could not be formed before the presidential election in which Fakruddin Ali Ahmed was elected.

The value of an MP’s vote in the first presidential election was 494.

Since the 1997 presidential election, the value of a Member of Parliament vote has been fixed at 708. For the first presidential election in 1952, the value of a Member of Parliament’s vote was 494. This marginally increased to 496 in the 1957 presidential election, followed by 493 (1962) and 576 (1967 and 1969). Presidential elections were held in the year 1969 due to the death of President Zakir Hussain on May 3, 1969.

In the 1974 election, the value of an MP’s vote was the highest at 723.

In the presidential election of 1974, the value of an MP’s vote was 723. This was set at 702 for the presidential elections from 1977 to 1992.

Edited By: Krishna Bihari Singh