India's 16th Presidential Election to be held soon

A press statement regarding the Election to the Office of President of India was released recently which included more information regarding the protocol, nominations and the election

India's 16th Presidential Election to be held soon
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The term of office of Ram Nath Kovind, President of India, is ending on July 24, 2022. As per Article 62 of the Constitution of India, an election to fill the vacancy caused by the expiration of the term of office of the outgoing President is required to be completed before the expiration of the term.

Article 324 of the Constitution read with the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act, 1952, and the Presidential and Vice – Presidential Elections Rules, 1974 vests the superintendence, direction and control of the conduct of election to the office of the President of India in the Election Commission of India.

Sharing more information, the government in a recently released press statement mentioned that  the Election  Commission  is  mandated  to  ensure  that  the election to the office of the President of India, which is the highest elective office in the country, must be a free and fair election and the Commission is taking all necessary  steps  for  discharging  its  constitutional  responsibility.  

Election Commission of India is privileged and honoured to announce today the schedule of election for the 16th Presidential Election. Section 4(3) of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential  Elections  Act,  1952  provides  that  the  notification  for  election shall be issued on or after the sixtieth day before the expiration of term of office of the outgoing President.  

As per the Article 54 of the Constitution of India,  the President is elected by the members of the Electoral College consisting of  the  elected members of both Houses of Parliament, and  elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of all States including National  Capital  Territory  of  Delhi  and  the  Union  Territory  of Puducherry. 

The process for the same will be initiated shortly. To  ensure  a  free  and  fair  election,  the commission also  appoints  senior Officers of the Government of India as its Observers at the place(s) of polling. All  related  Covid-19  safeguards  and  protocols  will  be  enforced  in  all  the steps of the electoral process and, on the day of polling and counting.

Members appointed as Assistant Returning Officers from Maharashtra include:

  • Rajendra G. Bhagwat, Principal Secretary, Maharashtra Legislative Secretariat, Vidhan Bhavan, Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai – 400 032 
  • Ruturaj J. Kudtarkar, Deputy Secretary, Maharashtra Legislative  Secretariat, Vidhan Bhavan, 
    Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai – 400 032 

Elected members of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly will place their votes at Central Hall, 4th Floor, Vidhan Bhavan, Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai 400032. 

According to the protocol the last day for making nominations has been decided as June 29, 2022. The poll, if necessary, shall be held on July 18, 2022 and the counting, if required, shall be held on July 21, 2022. Meanwhile, candidatures can be withdrawn, if needed, by July 2, 2022.

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