- President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24
- The election for the next president must take place before the term of the incumbent expires.
- A President is elected by the members of the electoral college consisting of elected members of both the houses
Presidential Election 2022: The Election Commission of India (ECI) said that the presidential elections will be held on July 18 and the result will be declared on July 21. The date was announced by the Election Commission while addressing a press conference on Thursday. President Ram Nath Kovind’s term will end on July 24: Rajiv Kumar, Chief Election Commissioner of India.
The Election Commission said 4,809 members of the electoral college, which includes MPs and MLAs, are ready to elect Ram Nath Kovind’s successor. Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said Kovind’s term ends on July 24 and his successor should be appointed before that.
Addressing a press conference, he said the notification for the elections would be issued on June 15 and June 29 would be the last date for filing nominations. So far, no political party has named its choice for the top constitutional post.
According to Article 62 of the Constitution, the election of the next President must take place before the completion of the term of the incumbent.
How is the President of India elected?
The President is elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of elected members of both the Houses of Parliament and elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of all the states, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or State Assemblies are not eligible to be included in the electoral college and hence, they are not entitled to take part in elections. Similarly, the members of the Legislative Councils are also not electors for the Presidential election. In 2017, the presidential elections were held on 17 July and the counting of votes took place on 20 July.
(with PTI inputs)