Voting to elect 15th President of India begins
Polling for the Presidential election will begin on Monday in the Parliament and respective state Assemblies to elect the 15th President of India. Droupadi Murmu is the NDA candidate, who is contesting against Yashwant Sinha, supported by the Opposition parties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah cast their votes. The President is elected by members of the Electoral College consisting of elected Members of Parliament and of all the state Assemblies, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The nominated Members of Parliament, state Assemblies, and Members of Legislative Council are not eligible to vote.
A total of 776 Members of Parliament and 4,033 MLAs will vote in the Presidential elections. The total value of votes is 10,86,431, of which the votes of MLAs are 5,43,231 and MPs are 5,43,200. The Presidential elections in 2017 were held on July 17 and the result was announced on July 20.
Rajya Sabha’s Secretary General is the returning officer for this election. A polling booth has been set up inside the Parliament premises where Members of Parliament will cast their votes.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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