Presidential Election On July 17

The schedule for the presidential poll has been announced by the Election Commission and the polling will take place on July 17 to elect a new President in place of Pranab Mukherjee.

New Delhi: The election for the 14th President of India will be held on July 17, if necessary, as the term of present President Pranab Mukherjee will expire on July 24. The counting will take place on July 20, announced the Election Commission on Wednesday.

Announcing the schedule for the Presidential election at a press conference the Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi said that the nominations can be filed from June 18 and the last day for nominations is June 28.

The election for President and Vice President will be held according to Article 324, he said.

The Electoral College to pick a President comprises of all elected MPs and MLAs. Each vote also has a weightage or value depending on the size of the population he or she represents.

MPs have the highest value — 708 — for each vote, while the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state.

The schedule released by the Election Commission:

Date for issuing notification — June 14

Last date for filing nomination — June 28

Date for Scrutiny of nomination — June 29

Last date for withdrawal of nomination — July 1

Election, if necessary — July 17

Counting of votes, if necessary — July 20

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties led by Congress formed a panel to pick their presidential candidate, though it wants the government to propose a suitable name. But the NDA is silent over the name till now. As the Election Commission released the schedule of the poll, BJP might announce the name.

As BJP is wielding power at the Centre and in many States, the prospects of pushing own candidates are bright.

However, the analysts feel that there might be a tough contest in the polls as some of the parties might backtrack and not vote for the ruling party proposed candidate.

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