The Election Commission said on Thursday that presidential elections will be held on July 18 and the results will be released on July 21. The vote-counting will take place in Delhi.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24. The declaration comes barely one day before elections are held in 15 states to fill 57 vacant Rajya Sabha seats.
Before releasing the dates, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar provided a comprehensive description of the presidential election process, including the method, vote value, and nomination process.
Members of the electoral college, which includes elected members of both houses of Parliament as well as elected members of legislative assemblies from all states, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry, elect the President.
Members of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, as well as members of state legislatures and legislative councils, are not members of the electoral college and hence do not vote in presidential elections.
The 2017 presidential elections were held on July 17, and the winner, Ram Nath Kovind, was announced three days later on July 20.