New Delhi, July 20: Counting of ballots for the presidential election result 2017 to decide the successor of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee will take place today. The counting of ballots for the presidential election result will begin at 11 AM at Room Number 62 in Parliament House, while the Rashtrapati Bhavan will officially announce the name of the next President of India by 5 PM. The major contest is between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Congress-led opposition nominated Meira Kumar. We will be updating live on the presidential election result. Catch the live updates on the presidential election result to know who become the 14th President of India. Catch live streaming of presidential election result hereAlso Read - CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2021: Board Acknowledges Error in Sociology Paper on 'Gujarat Violence', to Take Action Against Paper Setters
At the time counting, the ballot box of Parliament House will be opened first. Then the ballot boxes received from states and union territories will be opened on alphabetical order for counting. The seals of ballot boxes will be opened in the presence of representatives of presidential candidates Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar. Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, who is the Returning Officer for the presidential election, will announce the final result and issue the certificate to the winning candidate. (ALSO READ: Different coloured ballot papers, special pens: Key facts about Presidential election 2017) Also Read - Punjab Assembly Polls: Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa Joins BJP In Presence of Union Ministers
In the 2017 presidential election, the electoral college comprises 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs. While the value of MLA vote varies from state to state, the value of an MP vote is 708. The total value of MP votes is 5,49,408 votes and the total value of MLA votes is 5,49,474 votes. The total strength of electoral college is 10,98,903 votes. With support from non-NDA parties like parties like the Janata Dal-United and the Biju Janata Dal, NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind has a clear edge. Kovind is slated to get over 63 per cent votes. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: 5 Members of Gang in UP TET Question Paper Leak Incident Arrested
Ram Nath Kovind, former Governor of Bihar, was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA’s candidate for the post of President of India by BJP president Amit Shah on June 19 2017. Kovind, a leader and a politician from the BJP, filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017. Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, was announced as the Indian National Congress (INC)-lead opposition’s candidate for the post of President of India, after a meeting held on the June 22, 2017.