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Presidential polls: Voting on July 17, counting on July 20, declares Election Commission

India TV News Desk New Delhi 07 Jun 2017, 18:24:23 PM IST
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The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday announced July 17 as the date for Presidential polls and July 20 for counting of votes.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi announced June 28 as the last date for nomination for the Presidential polls.

He said that if polls needed, it will be held on July 17 and the counting will be done on July 20. The tenure of President Pranab Mukherjee will on July 24. 

Zaidi said that the ECI is taking all the necessary steps to ensure free and fair election, which will done using secret ballot. 
The notoification for the Presidential election will be announced on June 14. 
The total value of votes in the electoral college for the presidential poll is 10,98,882 with the majority mark at 5,49,442.

The numbers in the electoral college favour the ruling NDA, more so after it won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls with a massive majority and later drew support from the YSRCP, an Andhra-based party. 

The TRS, which is in power in Telangana, has hinted that it may support the NDA, which also hopes to get backing from both factions of the AIADMK in the poll.