Incumbent Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President ends on July 25
Presidential election 2017 Results On July 17, of the total 4,880 valid voters — 4,109 members of legislative Assemblies (MLAs) and 771 elected members of Parliament (MPs) — 99.49 per cent cast their vote to elect the next President of India. In the fray were the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) candidate Ram Nath Kovind, and the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.
The counting of votes is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Thursday, July 20, but it is believed that Kovind has an edge over Kumar. However, should he win, the margin of his victory will be interesting to note, given that there were reports of many instances where voters from Opposition parties also voting for Kovind in the election.
“The voting was close to 99 per cent. I think this would perhaps be the highest-ever percentage,” Anoop Mishra, Lok Sabha, secretary general and returning officer for the election, had said on Monday.
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Result will be declared by 5 pm
There will be eight rounds of counting, and announcements will be made after every round.
Here are the visuals of counting of votes:
Counting of votes for Presidential election 2017 has begun.
Kovind’s sister-in-law Vidyavati has been fasting since 19 July for his victory. She is the wife of Shiv Balak, Kovind’s brother.
Ram Nath Kovind is set to win the election by a 70 per cent margin
Ballot boxes from 29 state capitals and the union territory of Puducherry have reached Parliament House amid tight security.
Both Ram Nath Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.
The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will enter into the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25.