Fifteen candidates filed their papers for nominations for the 16th Presidential election scheduled for July 18.
As on June 17, the nomination papers of three candidates were rejected due to the lack of proper documentation, PTI reported quoting sources.
On the first day, June 15 (Wednesday), 11 candidates filed their nominations, while three filed them on Thursday and one on Friday. One nomination was rejected on the first day, while two more were rejected on Thursday.
Pratel Sureshchandra Laljibhai of Ahmedabad, Anand Singh Khuswah of Gwalior and Satya Narayan Prasad of Darbhanga, Bihar, filed their nominations for the post on Thursday. Of these, two were rejected. On Friday, Sanjay Savji Deshpande from Mumbai filed his nomination, according to PTI sources.
The process of filing nominations for the Presidential polls started on Wednesday, June 15, shortly after a notification was issued by the Election Commission of India calling upon electors to fill up the vacancy. The last day to file nominations is June 29. The Election Commission will scrutinise papers on June 30 and the voting is scheduled to take place on July 18. The result of the Presidential election will be declared on July 21 before President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24.
On the first day, Rajya Sabha secretary-general PC Mody, who is the returning officer appointed by the Election Commission for the polls, received 11 nominations. Of these, one nomination was rejected as it didn’t have proper documents, a media report said.
Following is the list of the 11 candidates who filed nominations for the Presidential elections on the first day:
Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has filed his nomination from Saran in Bihar, is not to be confused with the former railway minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief with the same name.
The first candidate to file a nomination was Dr K Padmarajan from Mettuguda in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The big political parties are yet to announce the names of their candidates.
Among the nominations, some candidates have contested the Presidential polls as well as other elections several times.
There are 4,809 members in the electoral college. Fifty members of an electoral college need to propose the name of the candidate filing the nomination and another 50 need to second it. The nominations filed on the first day will be scrutinised and some of them may bow out because of the lack of 50 first proposers.
(Edited by : Priyanka Rathi)
First Published: IST