Presidential Election On July 18, Counting On July 21: ECI

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By: Joymala Bagchi
Updated: 09 June, 2022 8:13 pm IST
Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar (2nd right) announces the presidential election at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday

NEW DELHI: The voting for the Presidential election will be held on July 18 while the counting will be held on July 21, the Election Commission of India announced on Thursday.

The official term of current President Ram Nath Kovind will end on July 24.

“Election shall be held by secret ballot in accordance with the system of proportional representation,” Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said. “Secretary-General Rajya Sabha will be the returning officer for the election,” he added.

The EC’s notification calling for the election will be issued on June 15. The last date for filing the nomination is June 29 while the scrutiny of the nomination will be held on June 30. The last date of withdrawal of candidates is July 2.

The nomination can be filed either by the candidate himself or by any of his proposers or seconders between 11 am to 3 pm on the specified days.

In terms of numbers, the total number of electors is 4,809 which includes 776 MPs and 4,033 MLAs. The total value of voters is 10,86,431 with MPs constituting 5,43,200 while MLAs constitute 5,43,231.

COVID protocol will be followed during both voting and counting, said the EC. The commission also decided to use eco-friendly and biodegradable materials and eliminate the use of prohibited plastic/materials, for eco-friendly elections.

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