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Presidential election results Live: NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind crosses halfway mark

Jul 20, 2017
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The NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind established a massive lead of more than two lakh in vote value over the Opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar as counting of votes progressed in the presidential election on Thursday.

Kovind looks set to win against Kumar but the counting will reveal the scale of victory. The winning candidate replaces Pranab Mukherjee, who will demit the office on July 25.

Voting for the post of President took place on July 17.

The counting of ballots began at 11 am.

Here are the live updates:

3.53pm: NDA presidential candidate Kovind crosses halfway mark, last phase of counting underway.

2.49pm: Paraunkh and Jhinjhak in Kanpur Dehat district are all set to celebrate as the village and the town are confident that Ram Nath Kovind will become the next President of India shortly. Full story.

2.40pm: Ram Nath Kovind gets 1,389 votes with value of 479585; Meira Kumar gets 576 with value of 20,4594 after counting of votes from 11 states.

2.12pm: “I am not upset, why should I be upset? I am a fighter, I fought for the belief and faith of majority of my countrymen and women,” says the Opposition’s nominee, Meira Kumar.

1.35pm: NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind is leading with 60,683 votes. The Opposition’s pick, Meira Kumar, is at 22,941 votes. These numbers are from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, according to returning officer Anoop Mishra.

11.55am: The counting of votes polled in the presidential election is underway. Here is how India picks its President.

11.29am: A two-time Rajya Sabha MP, former BJP spokesperson and till recently the Bihar governor, Ram Nath Kovind has never been part of the Lutyen’s Delhi until the limelight was thrust upon him when the ruling party announced his name as its Presidential nominee last month. Find out more about Kovind.

11.20am: “Great belief in ideology I fought for, also believe in inner voice of conscience. Let’s see how much it prevails,” says Meira Kumar, the Opposition’s presidential nominee.

11 am: Counting of votes polled in the presidential election begins.

10:59 am: BJP and Congress leaders before the counting of votes in the Parliament.

10:57 am: Officials ready to start counting of votes in Parliament

10:15 am: Huge crowd gathers outside Kovind’s ancestral house

10: 00 am: Ram Nath Kovind’s sister-in-law Vidyavati is observing fast since Wednesday for his victory. She is the wife of Shiv Balak, Kovind’s brother, who played a crucial role in his education and sent him to Kanpur for higher studies.

8:48 am: Villagers in Ram Nath Kovind’s village Paraunkh in Uttar Pradesh are glued to their TV sets and radios in anticipation of the result. The village is all set to celebrate the likely win of Kovind.

•The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will be elected as the President.

• A total of 4,896 voters — 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs — were eligible to cast their ballot.

• Voting was held in 32 polling stations — one in Parliament House Room No 62 and rest one each in state legislative assemblies.

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