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All You Need to Know About India’s Presidential Elections

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Polls to elect the next President of India will be held on 17 July, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.

The nomination process will begin from 14 June with the issuance of a notification. The counting of votes will take place on 20 July in New Delhi, where all the ballot boxes will be brought.

Both the ruling NDA and the opposition are yet open their cards on the presidential candidate. While the ruling alliance is likely to announce its nominee in the next few days, the opposition is seeking to unite all non-NDA parties under a common platform to put up a consensus candidate for the presidential election.
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The electorate, comprising elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the opposition is trying to woo some regional parties to support their candidate.

A total of 4896 voters – 4120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs – are eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative councils are not part of the electoral college.

While the Lok Sabha Speaker, an elected member, can vote, the two nominated members in the Lower House from the Anglo-Indian community cannot. Twelve nominated members in Rajya Sabha are also ineligible.

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