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33% MPs, MLAs with criminal record entitled to vote in presidential election

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33% MPs, MLAs with criminal record entitled to vote in presidential election
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The presidential election, that took place on Monday, a total of 4,852 MPs and MLAs were eligible to vote. Out of this huge number, only 451 are women. As per an analysis of the electoral college by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), only nine% of the total 4,852 MPs/MLAs are women.

Notably, the Lok Sabha has only 12 % of women out of the total strength. Similarly, in Rajya Sabha, there are only 10% women. The basis of the ADR analysis are the affidavits of 774 Members of Parliament and 4,078 Legislators from state assemblies.

As per ADR, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of women votes among state assemblies, followed by West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Moreover, according to the ADR statement, 33% of the total number of MPs and MLAs, have declared criminal cases against themselves in a self-sworn affidavit filed with the ECI before their most recent elections.

“34% of Lok Sabha MPs, 19% of Rajya Sabha MPs and 33% of MLAs (all state assemblies/ UTs) analysed have declared criminal cases against themselves,” read the statement.

Further, it said that 20% members have serious criminal cases against themselves like Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of RJD, Becharam Manna(AITC) and Mohammed Iliyas Hussain(RJD).

Moreover, 71% of the total legislators who are entitled to vote, are crorepatis.

The results of the presidential election 2017 will be announced on July 20. The term of the current President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 25.

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