2017 Indian presidential election

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Results of the election:
     Ram Nath Kovind (702,044)      Meira Kumar (367,314)      Non-voting territories

The 2017 Indian presidential election was held in India on 17 July 2017, and counting was done on 20 July 2017, five days before the incumbent President's term expires.[1] The incumbent is eligible for re-election, as no term limits exist in India. [2]

Initially receiving speculation for a re-election bid, Pranab Mukherjee decided not to run again in 2017 due to health concerns and problems relating to his age.[3][4][5]

Kovind secured roughly two-thirds of the votes from the electoral college of elected members of federal, state and union territory legislatures and was elected to a five-year term as President.[6] Kovind's term of office will begin on 25 July 2017.

Candidates[change | change source]

General polling[change | change source]

Poll source Sample size Date(s) Margin of Error Ram Nath Kovind Meira Kumar
Business Insider-Ipsos[12] 119,132 17–18 July 2017 N/A 71% 29%

Results[change | change source]

The president is elected by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.[13]

Results will be declared on 20 July 2017.

According to polling after voting was closed on 17 July 2017, Ram Nath Kovind was expected to win the presidency with a voting outcome of 99%.[14][15][16] Kovind was declared as the winner after the counting of votes held on 20 July 2017.[17] He will be administered oath by the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, as The 14th President of India on 25th July, 2017 at The Central Hall located in The Parliament House, New Delhi.[18]

Results of the 2017 Indian presidential election[19]
Candidate Individual votes Electoral College votes %
Ram Nath Kovind 2,930 702,044 65.65
Meira Kumar 1,844 367,314 34.35
Total 4,774 1,069,358 100
Invalid[20] 77 20,942

References[change | change source]

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  2. http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/President_VP_Elec2012/Presidential_Elections-FAQ.pdf
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  5. Presidential Election 2017: Not in race for another term, says Pranab Mukherjee
  6. "Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India". The Hindu. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. "രാംനാഥ് കോവിന്ദ് എൻഡിഎയുടെ സ്ഥാനാർഥി; എതിർപ്പുമായി പ്രതിപക്ഷം".
  8. "Prez polls: BJP picks Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind".
  9. "BJP appoints Dalit governor eyeing backward votes as Owaisi hints at jumping into Bihar fray to woo Muslims".
  10. "Raj Bhavan for man who shunned TV".
  11. Ram Nath Kovind files nomination
  12. Tanya Dubey (18 July 2017). "71% Indians want Ram Nath Kovind to be the next president, according to this Ipsos Poll". Business Insider. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  13. "Election of The President". Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  14. "Presidential Election Sees Nearly 99% Voting, Ram Nath Kovind Set For Easy Win: 10 Points". NDTV. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  15. "Ram Nath Kovind: Man from India's 'Untouchable' Dalit caste expected become the president". Independent. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  16. "Prez Poll: Close to 99% voting recorded, BJP confident of victory for Ram Nath Kovind". DNAIndia. Retrieved 17 July 2017.
  17. "With 65% votes, Ram Nath Kovind is the next President of India - Rediff.com India News". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  18. "Ram Nath Kovind elected Indias 14th President, to take oath on July 25". Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  19. "Live: Ram Nath Kovind is 14th President of India, to take oath on July 25". http://www.hindustantimes.com/. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017. External link in |work= (help)
  20. "Ram Nath Kovind elected as the 14th President of India". The News Minute. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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