Presidential election 2022: Polling concludes, over 99% turnout recorded

Presidential poll 2022: The polling to elect the 15th President of India peacefully concluded in Parliament House and state legislative assemblies. The voting began at 10 am and went on till 5 pm. NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu has a clear edge over Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.

Presidential election 2022: Polling concludes, over 99% turnout recorded
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Presidential elections 2022: Nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs voted on Monday (July 18, 2022) to elect India's 15th President. The polling, which began at 10 am at the Parliament House and state legislative assemblies, continued till 5 pm. Out of a total of 4,796 electors in the list of the electoral college for the Presidential Poll, over 99% cast their votes.

According to the Election Commission of India, 100% voting by MLAs was reported from Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, MP, Manipur, Mizoram, Puducherry, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

The results will be announced on July 21 and the next President will take oath on July 25 as President Ram Nath Kovind's tenure comes to an end on July 24. 

Also Read: Cross-voting in UP assembly, SP MLA Shivpal Yadav votes for NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu

Presidential polls 2022: Draupadi Murmu most likely to become first tribal female President of India

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Draupadi Murmu has a clear edge over the Opposition's Yashwant Sinha. Draupadi Murmu is most likely to become the first woman from the tribal community to occupy the top constitutional post as her vote share is expected to reach nearly two-thirds with the support of regional parties such as BJD, YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK, TDP, JD(S), Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and JMM.

Out of a total of 10,86,431 votes, the NDA nominee has over 6.67 lakh votes.

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18 July 2022
20:36 PM

THESE states recorded 100% turnout

According to the Election Commission of India, 100% of voting by MLAs reported from Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Puducherry, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.

20:34 PM

Presidential polls: Over 99% turnout reported

Polling for Presidential Polls 2022 was held peacefully. Out of a total of 4796 electors in the list of the electoral college for the election, over 99% cast their votes, announced the Election Commission of India.

19:22 PM

Winning or losing is not the issue: VP candidate Margaret Alva

I know it's a difficult battle, but in politics, winning and losing is not the issue, the issue is fighting the battle...I thank all the leaders for the trust they have reposed in me: Opposition Vice-President candidate Margaret Alva said after the opposition meeting.

18:45 PM

Opposition VP Candidate Margaret Alva reaches Sharad Pawar's residence for meeting

Opposition's Vice-Presidential candidate Margaret Alva arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar Residence for an Opposition meeting, ANI reported.

17:04 PM

Voting concludes in Delhi Assembly

Voting of MLAs completed for Presidential election in Delhi Assembly. 68 members voted in the 70-member Assembly. Mustafabad MLA Haji Yunus is on Haj pilgrimage, while Minister Satyendra Jain is in jail, due to which both of them could not cast their votes, ANI reported.

16:56 PM

Presidential Polls: Voting in Lok Sabha concludes

Amid sloganeering of the Opposition members demanding discussion over price rise, the Lok Sabha on Monday was adjourned for the day. The Lok Sabha proceedings will resume at 11 am on July 19 (Tuesday).

Earlier on Monday, soon after the proceedings of the Monsoon Session began, the House was adjourned till 2 pm.

However, the House resumed for the day amid sloganeering, after the voting for the Presidential candidate.

16:06 PM

Opposition meeting to be held today at Sharad Pawar's residence

Another Opposition meeting will be held today at 6 pm, at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Vice-Presidential polls are likely to be discussed in the meeting. Opposition's Vice-Presidential candidate Margaret Alva will also attend the meeting, reported ANI

15:59 PM

Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal assembly to cast her vote

CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at the State Assembly in Kolkata to cast her vote for the Presidential Election 2022.

15:54 PM

Presidential Election 2022: Rahul Gandhi cast his vote

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi casts his vote for the Presidential elections. Gandhi, openly extended support to opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha during campaigning.

15:49 PM

Union Min Dharmendra Pradhan cast his vote

Union Minister and BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote in the Parliament for the Presidential polls, ANI reported.

14:31 PM

Presidential polls 2022: Rajnath Singh, Kiren Rijiju, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Jaya Bachchan cast their votes

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Congress MP Randeep Singh Surjewala and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan cast their votes for the Presidential polls in Delhi.

14:29 PM

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: Mansukh Mandaviya, Hardeep Singh Puri, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Sharad Pawar cast votes

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: Union Ministers Mansukh Mandaviya and Hardeep Singh Puri and Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar cast their votes in Delhi

14:08 PM

Presidential polls 2022: Have voted for Draupadi Murmu, listened to my heart, says Odisha Congress MLA

Odisha Congress MLA Mohammed Moquim has said that he has voted for NDA's Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.

"It's my personal decision as I've listened to my heart which guided me to do something for the soil and that's why voted for her," he told news agency ANI.

14:07 PM

Presidential polls 2022: P Chidambaram, Farooq Abdullah, Raghav Chadha cast votes

12:31 PM

Vice Presidential elections: Jagdeep Dhankhar files his nomination in presence of PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah

Vice Presidential elections: NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar has filed his nomination for the upcoming Vice Presidential elections in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, JP Nadda and other BJP leaders.

12:27 PM

Presidential election 2022: Who is Yashwant Sinha?

Draupadi Murmu's main opponent is Yashwant Sinha, a former BJP rebel and a candidate put up by a divided opposition. Sinha, 84, was finance minister during the previous BJP government from 1998 to 2002. He quit the party in 2018.

12:18 PM

Presidential polls 2022: Who is Draupadi Murmu?

Draupadi Murmu was born in 1958 in the Santhal community. She began her political career as a councillor in Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a minister in the BJD-BJP alliance government in 2000 and later the Governor of Jharkhand in 2015.

A two-term former MLA from Rairangpur, Murmu held on to her assembly seat in 2009 when the BJD had snapped ties with the BJP weeks ahead of the state elections which were swept by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's party.

Draupadi Murmu likely to be first tribal president of India

If elected, Draupadi Murmu will become the first tribal president and the second-ever female president of India.
 
12:14 PM

Presidential election 2022: Tribals in Odisha invoke Lord Marangburu for Draupadi Murmu's win

Earthen lamps were lit and yajnas were organised at various places of worship across Odisha on Sunday as people from tribal communities prayed for the victory of NDA's presidential poll candidate Draupadi Murmu, a resident of the state's Mayurbhanj district.

Polling for the country's top constitutional post is currently underway.

11:42 AM

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: 350 electors, including PM Modi, ex-PM Manmohan Singh, vote in first 1.5 hours

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: 350 electors, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh, have voted in the first 1.5 hours.

11:26 AM

Presidential polls 2022: Goa CM Pramod Sawant casts vote, says he is sure all votes will be cast for Draupadi Murmu

Presidential polls 2022 live updates: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has cast his vote and said that he is sure that all the votes from Goa will be cast for NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu.

10:53 AM

Not just fighting a political fight but a fight against govt agencies too: Yashwant Sinha

As nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs vote to elect India's 15th President, Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha has said that he is not just fighting a political fight but a fight against government agencies too.

"They have become too powerful. They are breaking up parties, forcing people to vote for them," he told media reporters. 

"This election is very important, will set a path for country's democracy, whether it will stay or end. I appeal to all voters to listen to their hearts. This is a secret ballot, I hope they'll use their discretion and elect me to save democracy," Yashwant Sinha said.

10:50 AM

16th Presidential election: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami cast their votes

In the 16th Presidential election, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Uttarakhand counterpart Pushkar Singh Dhami cast their votes in their respective State Assemblies.

10:34 AM

Presidential election 2022: Nearly 4,800 elected MPs, MLAs to cast their votes

Presidential election 2022: Voting is currently underway with nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs expected to cast their votes to elect Ram Nath Kovind's successor.

10:26 AM

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: MPs, MLAs across India vote in 16th Presidential election

10:16 AM

Presidential polls 2022 Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi votes to elect India's new President

Presidential polls 2022 Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote to elect the new President of India.

10:07 AM

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath casts vote to elect new President

Presidential election 2022 Live Updates: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also cast his vote to elect the new President of India. 

10:06 AM

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin casts vote in Presidential election

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin casts his vote to elect India's next President.

10:02 AM

Voting begins to elect India's 15th President; Draupadi Murmu and Yashwant Sinha in fray

Nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs have started voting now to elect India's 15th President. The polling has started in Parliament House and state legislative assemblies at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm.

The results will be announced on July 21 and the next President will take oath on July 25 as President Ram Nath Kovind's tenure comes to an end on July 24. 

09:58 AM

Union Ministers, BJP MPs arrive for Monsoon session of Parliament, Presidential election voting

Union Ministers and BJP MPs arrive at the Parliament Library Building in Delhi to attend the Monsoon session of the Parliament and vote for the Presidential election.

09:48 AM

There should be dialogue with an open mind: PM Modi ahead of start of Monsoon Session of Parliament

Speaking at the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there should be dialogue in the Parliament with an open mind. "If necessary, there should be a debate," he added.

He also urged all MPs to contemplate deeply and discuss.

"This period is very important. It is the period of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. There is a special significance of 15th August and coming 25 years - when the nation would celebrate 100 years of independence, would be the time to make a resolution to decide the journey and the new heights we scale," the PM said.

Modi added that this Session is also important because elections for the office of President and Vice President are taking place right now.

09:25 AM

Presidential poll 2022 to be held today, here a look at how President of India is elected

The presidential polls are conducted by the Election Commission of India and are elected indirectly through the concept of the electoral college. The electoral college consists of parliamentary and state-level legislators. In this year's Presidential elections, around 4,900 lawmakers, including 776 parliamentarians, will elect the 15th President of India.

 The electoral college responsible for President’s elections comprises elected members of:

  • Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • Legislative Assemblies of the states (Legislative Councils have no role)
  • Legislative Assemblies of the Union Territories

The presidential elections in India adhere to a system called proportional voting, which means that the value of each vote by an MP or MLA is greater than 1. The value of every vote varies from state to state, depending on the respective population.

There is a formula to calculate the vote value. The fixed value of each vote of a parliamentarian is 708. To find the value of each vote in any particular state, divide the population of the state by the number of MLAs in its assembly, then divide the quotient by 1000.

Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state with the highest number of legislators, has the highest value of individual vote (208), followed by Jharkhand (176). In Sikkim, the value of vote per MLA is seven, while it is nine in Nagaland and eight in Mizoram.

09:02 AM

Yashwant Sinha's appeal to all members of electoral college ahead of Presidential election

09:00 AM

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha to pay homage to Shinzo Abe, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Mwai Kibaki

Both houses of the Parliament -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, will pay homage to three world leaders who have departed recently - former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Kenya's former President Mwai Kibaki.

08:01 AM

Devotees across India throng temples on first Monday of 'Sawan' month (Sawan ka pehla somwar)

07:54 AM

Security tightened outside school after violence breaks out over girl student's suicide in Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi

Police have tightened security outside the school in Tamil Nadu's Kallakurichi district after violence broke out on Sunday over a class 12 girl student's suicide. Protesters set ablaze buses and school property demanding justice for the student's death.

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin has appealed for peace and said that the accused will be punished when the police probe ends. He said that he has ordered the Tamil Nadu DGP and Home Secretary to travel to Kallakurichi.

07:44 AM

NDA vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar to file his nomination today

NDA vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar will file his nomination today. On Sunday, he had met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda in Delhi. He had also called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Dhankhar is up against senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Margaret Alva, who is the Opposition's joint candidate for the August 6 vice presidential election. Alva is scheduled to file her nomination on Tuesday.

07:34 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind accepts resignation of West Bebgal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who has been named as the ruling National Democratic Alliance candidate for the vice presidential election.

The President has been appointed La Ganesan, Governor of Manipur to discharge the functions of the Governor of West Bengal, in addition to his own duties.

07:32 AM

Monsoon Session of Parliament to begin today

The Monsoon Session of Parliament is also scheduled to begin today with the Opposition planning to corner the government on a host of issues related to the economy, security, federal structure, and the Agnipath defence recruitment scheme. On the other hand, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has asserted that the government wants discussions on all of them in a "democratic way".

The government said it will bring 32 bills during the session, of which 14 are ready.

 

07:27 AM

Presidential elections 2022: Draupadi Murmu has edge over Yashwant Sinha

Draupadi Murmu is most likely to defeat Yashwant Sinha and become the first woman from the tribal community to occupy the top constitutional post. Her vote share is expected to reach nearly two-thirds with the support of regional parties such as BJD, YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK, TDP, JD(S), Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and JMM. The NDA nominee has over 6.67 lakh votes, out of a total of 10,86,431 votes.

07:25 AM

Presidential polls: MPs, MLAs to vote today to elect India's 15th President

Nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs will vote today (July 18) to elect India's 15th President with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Draupadi Murmu having a clear edge over Opposition's Yashwant Sinha. The polling will take place in Parliament House and state legislative assemblies from 10 am to 5 pm. The results will be announced on July 21 and the next President will take oath on July 25 as President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure comes to an end on July 24.

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