Polling on July 17th and counting on July 20th, announcement by Election Commission on the same day.
Talking to the press Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the Election Commission will issue a notification on the election process for the Presidential polls on June 14th.
With President Pranab Mukherjees term coming to an end on July 24th, the Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced that polling for the upcoming presidential election will be held on July 17th. The counting of votes will begin on July 20th. Nasim Zaldi further added that the last date for nominations is June 28th. The date for scrutiny of the nomination is June 30th. And the last date for withdrawal of nomination is July 1st.
The voting will begin at 10 am on July 17th and will go on till 5 pm and the counting of votes will begin at 11 am on July 20th.
Meanwhile, the Opposition is yet to arrive at a consensus on fielding a common candidate. However NCP president Sharad Pawar ruled himself out of the presidential race, saying that it was a closed chapter for him. He said, I am not keen (to be in the race for Rashtrapati Bhavan). I already told them (opposition parties) in very clear terms — for me, it’s a closed chapter. On the other hand, the BJP-led NDA has also kept its cards close to its chest and is yet to drop any hints on who they would be backing in the presidential race.
Here’s a quick guide to the process followed to elect the President of India –
Election of President The President shall be elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both Houses of Parliament; and the elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the States. Unlike the Prime Ministerial election, where people vote for a particular Lok Sabha candidate, the President is elected by peoples representatives, i.e., Member of Parliaments and Member of Legislative Assemblies of all states. The nominated members of Parliament, Legislative Assemblies, and members of Legislative Council don’t vote in the Presidential election.
– A person who is 35 years of age
– An Indian National
– Must have a support of 50 MPs/MLAs (these cant be nominated members)
– Must deposit Rs 15,000 as a security amount with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
– Must not hold any Office of Profit. (Any Constitutional position, which may further give rise to a conflict of interests in discharging of duties