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Presidential Elections 2017: Ramnath Kovind vs Meira Kumar

Former Rajya Sabha member Ramnath Kovind is the NDA’s candidate and opposition’s candidate for the post of President is former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar

With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term expiring on July 24 2017, the polling for presidential elections in India began on Monday (17 July) 10 am at 32 polling booths, one at the Parliament and other at State Legislative Assemblies; the pooling will last until 5 pm.

The nominations for Presidential elections were filed until June 28.  Former Rajya Sabha member Ramnath Kovind is the NDA’s candidate and opposition’s candidate for the post of President is former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

The results of the poll will be declared on July 20 in New Delhi and the next president will take charge from next day after the announcement of results.

The total number of voters who can cast their vote are 4,896 out of which 4,120 are Member of Legislative Assembly and 776 are Members of Parliament.

Since the election is through a secret ballot, the parties cannot issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular candidate. The election is being carried out through a secret ballot.

According to PTI, The NDA, led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes, including the Shiv Sena, and the shortage is around 12,000 votes.

The promised support from the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress and likely backing from the AIADMK factions could offset the shortfall of the presidential votes by a substantial margin.

In the 2012 elections, Pranab Mukherjee garnered 7,13,763 votes, while Pratibha Patil secured 6,38,116 votes before that in 2007. Both Mukherjee and Patil were Congress nominees.

This time, the Lok Sabha secretary general is the returning officer. Last time, it was the secretary general of the Rajya Sabha.




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