Derek O’ Brian: First Anglo-Indian to Vote in Presidential Election

imageDerek o’ Brian, became the first Anglo Indian to vote in the Indian Presidential elections. Brian, a Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal, belongs to Trinamool Congress.

The constitution of India says that an MP who has been nominated by the President to either of the house of the Indian Parliament is not eligible for casting vote in Presidential election.

President nominates 12 members in Rajya Sabha. However, these nominated members there cannot vote in Presidential election. As per article 331 of Indian constitution, the President can nominate not more than 2 members to the Lok Sabha from the Anglo-Indian community, if he finds that Anglo-Indian community is not adequately represented in the Lok Sabha.

As per Article 80 (1) of the Indian constitution 12 members are nominated by the President from persons with special knowledge or practical experience in areas like literature, science, art and social service. Article 84 (b) demands that a person shall be of not less than 30 years of age.

  • Anglo-Indians:  These are people with mixed Indian and British ancestry, or people who have British descent born or living in the Indian Subcontinent or Burma, now mainly historical in the latter sense.

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