The 2017 Presidential election, to elect the 14th President of India has reached its last phase. The election held on the 17th of July, 2017, garnered an estimated 99% turnout.
The Presidential Election vote counting began at 11 am today.
In the meanwhile, speculations already suggest the Rashtrapati Bhawan for Ram Nath Kovind. In view of the fact, that the BJP led NDA is in power, Kovind is sure to be the winner.
President Pranab Mukherjee, the current incumbent and the 13th in the list will resign on the 24th of July. Mukherjee’s 5 year term ends on the 25th. Even if there is no limit on the number of times a President can be re-elected, Mukherjee denied a second term considering his age and health.
The electoral college for the Presidential election consists a total of 1,098,903 votes.
The votes consists those of both, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and, the legislative assemblies of all the 29 states. It also consists the votes from the legislative assemblies of Union Territories Delhi and Puducherry.
A total of 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs vote in the Presidential election. The value of an MP’s vote is 708, while the value of an MLA’s vote varies according to the population of the states they belong to.
Thus, a sum of 549,492 votes are required to win the highest office of the India.
The counting started at 11 am. With the high probability of Kovind, the elction result will be out by 5 pm today.
The UPA candidate Meira Kumar and the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind both, were showcased as being “dalit” and that being one made them the choice of the nominations. This invited criticism from certain sectors alleging that the elections are reduced to Dalit vs Dalit battle, qualifications being given less importance.
The result will be out by 5 pm today.
Although the votes tally counts Kovind to be the 14th President of India, the results are worth awaiting.
Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India. Kovind won with a comfortable margin of 65.65% of votes. Kovind earned a total of 2930 votes. The value of these votes was 7,02,044.
On the other hand, Meira Kumar, the UPA candidate earned only 34.35% votes counting to 1,844. Votes in favour of Kumar valued up to 3,67,314.