New Delhi, July 20: Counting for Presidential Election 2017 began on Thursday. The contest is between former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind. However, numbers are heavily stacked in favour of the NDA candidate, Kovind, and most of the political parties are admitting that he is likely to be the next President of the country. Counting will be completed in 8 rounds. First, votes of MPs will be counted. After that, votes of states would be taken up for counting in alphabetical order. Also Read - Rs 1 Crore Fine, 5 Years in Jail: Centre Brings New Law to Tackle Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR

Meanwhile, Ram Nath Kovind’s supporters have already started celebrations in his village and his school.People of his village, Paraukhan, near Kanpur in UP, are in a celebratory mood since Thursday morning, sensing that Kovind’s win is a foregone conclusion. Kovind had studied in his village till class 5. His neighbours said that Kovind used to study in the light of oil lamp. They say his hard work and struggle have paid off. Also Read - President Signs Ordinance to Set up Committee to Monitor Air Pollution; AQI Deteriorates to 'Severe' in Many Areas in Delhi

Celebrations are also in full swing outside his alma mater, BSND Siksha Niketan, Kanpur. Students of the prestigious UP Board school were waving his pictures and were celebrating his achievements. (Also read: Presidential Election Result 2017 Live News Updates: Counting Begins to Decide The 14th President of India) Also Read - President Ram Nath Kovind Turns 75: Birthday Wishes Pour in From PM Modi, Venkaiah Naidu, Many Others

Voting was completed on July 17. More than 99 per cent voters of the electoral college cast their votes in the election. According to experts and poll pundits, the NDA candidate has more than 63 per cent votes in his favour. The BJP and its alliance partners have more than 48 per cent votes of the electoral college. Political parties like BJD, TRS, and JD(U) have also supported Kovind’s candidature. JD(U) was in the Opposition camp but ditched them after BJP announced Kovind as their candidate. BJP leaders have predicted that Kovind will get more than  70 per cent votes. Results will be announced at 5 pm. (Also read: With Support From 40 Parties, Ram Nath Kovind Set to be New President; Cross-Voting to Provide Thrill on Counting Day)