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India will vote to elect a new President on July 18

Elections for the next President of India will be held on July 18 in which 4809 electors comprising MLAs and MPs will vote to elect India’s next president, the Election Commission announced on Thursday.

Going by its strength in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, as well as in many state assemblies, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is in a comfortable position to ensure the victory of the nominated candidate by it in the upcoming election.

The nominations can be filed between June 15 and June 29. Scrutiny of nominations will takes place on June 30 and the last date to withdraw nominations will be July 2. The voting will be held on July 18 and the counting of votes takes place on July 21.

Voting for the presidential elections will take place in Parliament and state assemblies, while the Rajya Sabha secretary-General will be returning officer.

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

The nominated members of either Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or legislative assemblies of the states are not eligible to participate in the Presidential election. In a similar way, members of the legislative councils are also not eligible for the Presidential election voting.