New Delhi: The MPs and MLAs will cast their votes to elect the new President of India on July 17 and counting of votes if necessary will be held on July 20, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi announced on Wednesday.
"The commission will issue a notification on June 14", he added.
The term of President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24 and as per the rule election procedure is required to be completed before the expiration of the term. The law provides that the notification for election shall be issued on or after the sixtieth day before the expiry of term of office of the outgoing President.
Announcing the schedule, Naseem Zaidi said that the last date of filing nominations is June 28, scrutiny of nominations will take place on June 29 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 1.
Elected members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and state assemblies including assemblies of Delhi and Puducherry are eligible to take part in the election. The nominated members of either Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or Legislative Assemblies of the States are not eligible to be included in the Electoral College.
Though the ruling BJP is maintaining a guarded silence about its choice of the new president, various names including Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi is leading the race for the Opposition's candidate.