Presidential Election 2022: Who can file nomination and how is the voting done. News18 tells

Election commission India Presidential election has been announced on July 18 to choose the successor of Ram Nath Kovind. Due to its strength in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as well as several state assemblies, the BJP can ensure an easy victory for its nominated candidate.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar had said that the Election Commission will allow filing of nominations on June 29, followed by a notification on June 15. Counting of votes will take place in Delhi on July 21.

Here’s what you need to know about the presidential elections, which are taking place before July 24, when the current president’s term ends:

Who Can Vote and How Does the Counting Work?

A total of 4,809 voters, including MPs and MLAs, will vote. The BJP seems to be in a comfortable position to ensure the victory of its nominated candidate.

The final list of voters will be notified after the by-elections to the three Lok Sabha seats. The ruling NDA has 440 MPs while the opposition UPA has around 180 MPs, apart from the Trinamool Congress with 36 MPs, who usually support the opposition candidate.

As per a rough count, the NDA has around 5,35,000 votes out of a total of 10,86,431 votes polled by all voters. This includes 3,08,000 votes with the support of its allies as well as its MPs. Among the states, BJP has 56,784 votes from Uttar Pradesh where it has 273 MLAs. Each MLA has maximum 208 votes in Uttar Pradesh. NDA will get its second highest number of votes in the states of Bihar where, with 127 MLAs, it will get 21,971 votes as each MLA has 173 votes, followed by Maharashtra with 18,375 votes. There are 105 MLAs and each has 175 votes. With 131 MLAs, the NDA will get 17,161 votes from Madhya Pradesh, 16,464 votes from 112 MLAs from Gujarat and 15,982 from its 122 MLAs in Karnataka.

The UPA, on the other hand, has a little over 1,50,000 votes from its MPs and will get almost the same number of votes from its MLAs in the states. In the past too, opposition candidates have got a little over 3 lakh votes in the last elections for the highest office in the country. Due to absence of Legislative Assembly in Jammu and Kashmir, the value of vote of an MP has come down from 708 to 700 in this year’s presidential election.

Who can file nomination?

After the notification is issued on June 15, nominations can be filed till June 29.

How is it counted?

Counting of votes is done after all the ballot papers are received from the states. This time, the counting of votes will take place in the national capital on July 21. Kovind’s term will end on July 24 and the new President will take oath on July 25.

What are the stakes?

All eyes are on who will like the BJP as a party and its allies will have a clear advantage. Although the National Democratic Alliance has fewer legislators than in the 2017 presidential elections, the number of MPs has increased.
A BJP leader said that about 50 per cent votes are with the NDA in the Electoral College. The alliance expects support from independent regional parties like the ruling YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and the BJD in Odisha. The BJP is also counting on the support of its ally AIADMK in the last Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

Despite the lack of numbers, the opposition can field a joint candidate. Sources said Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has approached other LOPs of some opposition parties to consult on the matter. A senior opposition leader said, “Discussions have started between various opposition parties for the presidential election.” PTI,

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