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Nominations can be filed till June 30 and votes will be counted on July 21

  • Lok Sabha Secretary-General P.D.T. Achary is returning officer
  • Counting scheduled for July 21

    New Delhi: The Election Commission on Saturday formally issued a notification setting in motion the process for the July 19 Presidential election.

    The term of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam ends on July 24 and the new President will assume office the next day.

    With the issue of notification, filing of nominations began on Saturday and the exercise will go on till June 30. Scrutiny will take place on July 2, the last date for withdrawals is July 4 and votes will be counted on July 21.

    The UPA-Left combine has announced the candidature of Rajasthan Governor Pratibha Patil, while Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat is expected to contest as an NDA-backed independent.

    Lok Sabha Secretary-General P.D.T. Achary has been appointed the returning officer.

    Voting

    Members of Parliament, numbering 776, including 543 from the Lok Sabha, and 4,120 MLAs from various States, including Delhi and Puducherry, are expected to exercise their franchise. The total value of votes comes to 10,98,882.

    The ruling United Progressive Alliance has got over 5.13 lakh votes, while the strength of the Opposition National Democratic Alliance is over 3.54 lakh votes and eight regional parties constituting the Third Front account for 1.05 lakh votes.

    The nomination paper must be delivered to the returning officer in New Delhi, in the place he specifies by a public notice, by either the candidate or any of his/her proposers or seconders.

    The nomination has to be subscribed to by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 others as seconders. Either as a proposer or seconder, an elector can subscribe to only one nomination of a candidate. A security deposit of Rs. 15,000 has to be made along with the nomination.

    The Chief Electoral Officers of each State appointed by the Commission will supervise the exercise and coordinate with the assistant returning officers for the conduct of poll in the respective State capitals and transport of ballot boxes and other important documents to and from the Commission.

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