NEW DELHI, May 9 (Xinhua) -- Indian President Pranab Mukherjee will not cast his vote in the ongoing general elections, his press secretary Venu Rajamony announced Friday.
"The President in order to express his neutrality in the political fray has decided not to cast his ballot," Rajamony told the media in the national capital.
President Mukherjee is a registered voter of south Kolkata constituency in the eastern state of West Bengal, which goes to polls on May 12, the last phase of the mammoth nine-phase general elections which began on April 7, with results due on May 16.
Though he had initially decided to vote through postal ballot, Mukherjee backed out at the last moment, keeping in tradition with his predecessors, Rajamony said.
The Indian president is the country's head-of-state, a ceremonial position, but he can play a major role in the formation of the next government in case of a hung parliament.