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Here’s how India picks its President: All you need to know

Jun 08, 2017
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The election for India’s 14th President will be held on July 17, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.

Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee completes his five-year term on July 24.

“The last date for filing of nomination is June 28 and counting will take place in Delhi on July 20,” chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said. A notification will be issued on June 14.

The electoral college to pick a President comprises of all elected MPs and MLAs. Each vote also has a weightage or value depending on the size of the population he or she represents.

MPs have the highest value — 708 — for each vote, while the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state.

Figuring out the Presidential election:

HOW INDIA PICKS ITS PRESIDENTOnly elected MPs and MLAs can vote in the presidential polls, with each vote carrying value proportionate to the size of the population the lawmaker represents

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