Nomination process begins for Indian Presidential election 2022

Nomination process begins for Indian Presidential election 2022

President Election 2022: The process to file nominations for the Presidential election began on June June 15, 2022, with the Election Commission of India (ECI) issuing a notification calling upon the electors to fill the vacancy.

Key Highlights:

  • The President Election 2022 is scheduled to be held on July 18.
  • The nomination process began on the day the representatives from the main opposition parties met in Delhi to choose a presidential candidate.

Process to file nomination:

  • The nominations for Presidential Election 2022 can be filed till Jun 29.
  • The scrutiny of the papers will take place on July 30.
  • The counting will be held here on July 21.
  • The last date to withdraw from the Presidential electoral battle is July 2.

The term of incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to end on July 24.

How is the President elected?

  • The president is elected by the members of the Electoral College consisting of elected members of both houses of Parliament and elected members of the legislative assemblies of all states, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
  • The nominated members of either Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or Legislative Assemblies of the States are not eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, they are not entitled to participate in the election.
  • Similarly, members of the Legislative Councils are also not electors for the Presidential election.
  • While voting takes place in Parliament House and State Legislative Assemblies, the counting of votes is held in the national capital.

Who can file nominations?

1)The candidate must be a citizen of India and must have completed 35 years of age.

2)He or she must be eligible to be a member of the Lok Sabha.

3)The candidate must not hold ‘any office of profit under the Indian Government or the Government of any state or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said governments.’

4)The candidate may be holding the office of President or vice president or governor of any state or the ministers of the state or ministers of the union or any state.

How to file the nomination?

1)The nomination paper of a candidate has to be made in the prescribed form- For 2 appended to the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections, 1974.

2)The form must be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and at least 50 electors as seconders.

3)The completed nomination paper has to be presented to the Returning Officer between 11 am and 3 PM.

4)The candidates need to deposit an amount of Rs. 15,000 as security to the Returning Officer.

Who can participate in the Presidential election?
A) The candidate must be a citizen of India and must have completed 35 years of age.
B) The candidate can hold any office of profit under the Indian Government or the Government of any state or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said governments.
C) He should be eligible to be elected as a member of Rajya Sabha.
D) Elected and nominated members of the State Legislative Assembly participate in the presidential election.