Nomination process begins for presidential elections

New Delhi: Eleven candidates filed their nominations on the first day of the upcoming presidential polls. The Presidential elections will be held on July 18, nomination for which will continue till June 29.

The nomination process began with the issuance of the notification on June 15 calling electors to fill up the vacancy at the country’s highest constitutional post.

The nomination of one of the candidates was rejected as the person had not attached a certified copy of the entry showing his or her name in the current electoral roll for the parliamentary constituency in which the candidate is registered as an elector.

The candidates who filed nominations were from Delhi, Maharashtra, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. A nomination paper of a candidate for the election has to be made in the prescribed format and has to be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and at least 50 electors as seconders.

The counting of votes, if needed, will be done and the result declared on July 21. Voting will not happen in the case of a consensus candidate. The tenure of current President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24.

India’s President does not exercise executive powers, but all executive decisions are carried out in her name. She is required by the Constitution to act on the advice of the council of ministers led by the Prime Minister.

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