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President elections: All you need to know

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Nagpur: The Election Commission on Thursday announced that the presidential election will be held on July 18, 2022, and the counting of the votes will be held on July 21.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s term is all set to end on July 24. Chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that the notification for the same will be released on June 15 and the last date of nominations would be on June 29. The last date of withdrawal from the candidature would be on July 2.

How is the president of India elected?

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According to Article 55 of the Constitution, the President of India is elected by the members of the electoral college consisting of Members of Parliament and all of the state assemblies, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and Union Territory of Puducherry. The nominated Members of the Parliament, state assembly, and members of legislative councils are not eligible to vote.

This year, 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. The value of votes of MLAs is 5,43,231 and MPs are 5,43,200.

Who is eligible to be the President of India?

A person must be a citizen of India, should be of minimum 35 years of age and is qualified for election as a member of the House of the People. The person will not be eligible if he or she holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the government of any state.

What’s the process?

The value of a vote of Member of the Parliament is fixed at 700, as per the Election Commission of India. The value of the vote of a Member of the state/ UT Legislative Assembly is determined based on the population of the state. For example: an MLA from Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the most populated states in India has the highest value among the states with a score of 208. There are 403 MLAs, so their total value of votes is 83,824.

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