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Presidential polls today, voting to begin at 10am

The notification for election was issued on June 15 and last date for filing nominations was June 29

Presidential polls today, voting to begin at 10am
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The voting to elect India's next President would be held at the Parliament and state assemblies on Monday. The tenure of outgoing president Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24.

The voting would begin at 10am at respective legislative bodies. The notification for election was issued on June 15 and last date for filing nominations was June 29.

After scrutiny and withdrawal of nominations, only NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu and Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha were in the fray for the polls.

The counting of votes would be conducted on July 21. A total of 4,809 elected members of State Assemblies and Parliament will elect the President.

The president is elected by the members of the electoral college consisting of elected members of both houses of Parliament and elected members of the legislative assemblies of all states including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union territory of Puducherry.

The nominated members of Parliament or legislative assemblies of the states are not eligible to be included in the electoral college and, therefore, they are not entitled to participate in the election.

Similarly, members of the legislative councils are also not electors for the presidential election.

The next President will take oath on July 25. With the support of regional parties such as BJD, YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK, TDP, JD(S), Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and now JMM, Murmu's vote share is likely to reach nearly two-thirds and she is set to become the first woman from the tribal community to occupy the top constitutional post.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee now has over 6.67 lakh votes after the support of various regional parties, out of a total of 10,86,431 votes.

The electoral college elects the President through the system of proportional representation.

The value of the vote of a member of Parliament has gone down to 700 from 708 in this presidential poll due to the absence of a legislative assembly in Jammu and Kashmir.

The value of vote of an MLA varies in different states.

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