India's Presidential Election 2017 to be held on 17 July

Jun 7, 2017 19:08 IST

Nasim ZaidiThe Presidential Election of India will be held on 17 July 2017, as per the announcement made by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi on 7 June 2017.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee will come to an end on 24 July 2017. Mukherjee assumed the office of President in July 2012.

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Key Highlights
• The nominations for Presidential Election will begin from the 14 June 2017 and will end on 28 June 2017.
• This will be followed by the scrutiny of nomination papers that will take place on 29 June 2017.
• The last date for withdrawal of candidature is 1 July 2017.
• The counting of votes will take place on 20 July 2017, if required.
• The polling will be held in Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and premises of state assemblies.
• The election will be conducted by secret ballot.

2017 Electoral College Situation

The President of India is elected by an Electoral College comprising elected members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and state legislative assemblies. It also includes assemblies of Delhi and Puducherry, the two union territories.

As of 2017, the electoral college is made up of 4896 legislators , out of which 776 are Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and 4120 are MLAs.

All the Members of Parliament will have an equal vote value of 708 while vote value of the MLAs depends on the population of the state.

The total strength of 2017 Electoral college is 1104546 votes. In order to win the election, it is necessary to reach the halfway mark of 549442 votes. Presently, BJP is standing at about 5.38 lakh votes,  it still needs nearly 20,000 votes.

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