NEW DELHI, INDIA: As President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure comes to an end on July 24, the Election Commission of India has set the date for the Presidential Elections. In a news conference on Thursday, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar stated that elections for the next President, if necessary, will be held on July 18. If necessary, the ballots will be counted on July 21.
How is India’s President Chosen?
The President of India is elected indirectly through a process known as an electoral college. The electoral college is made up of elected members of both houses of Parliament as well as elected members of all state legislatures, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, as well as state legislative legislatures, are not eligible to be included in the electoral college and hence are not eligible to vote in the election. Similarly, members of legislative councils are not eligible to vote in the presidential election. The new President of India will be chosen by around 4,900 politicians, including 776 MPs, in this year’s Presidential elections.
According to the Indian Constitution, anybody can register a nomination for the position of President. The sole qualifying requirements are that they be an Indian citizen, have reached the age of 35, and are qualified for election to the House of People.