Polling to elect 14th President of India

Newsroom24x7 Staff

New Delhi: Polling is continuing in Parliament and state assemblies today (17 July 2017) for electing the 14th President of India. The counting of votes shall take place on 20 July.

The term of office of President Pranab Mukherjee is ending on 24July, 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first few to cast their vote as the polling began at 10 o clock this morning. the pOlling will continue till 5 p.m. across the country. In the fray are ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both of them dalits

There are 32 polling stations for the Presidential election – one in Parliament and 31 in state Assemblies.

Ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, both Dalits, were pitted against each other in the election.

The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned. Under Article 55 (3) of the Constitution, the presidential election is held in accordance with the System of Proportional Representation by means of single transferable vote and the voting is held by secret ballot. The electors comprise of 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 members from the Lok Sabha and 4120 MLAs from the state Assemblies.

es comprise the electors.