Prez poll process gets under way

BJP panel to meet Sonia, Yechury
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14 Jun 2017

The process for the election of the next President was formally set in motion today with the Election Commission issuing a notification, opening the filing of nominations for the July 17 contest.

As a follow up, Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra, the returning officer for the election, issued a public notice, declaring that the nomination papers may be delivered by a candidate or any of their proposers or seconders not later than June 28. Each nomination paper should be accompanied by a certified copy of the entry relating to the candidate in the electoral roll for the Parliamentary constituency in which the candidate is registered as an elector, Mishra said in the notice.

Candidates have been told to deposit a sum of Rs 15,000 with their nomination papers. This amount may be deposited in cash with the Returning Officer at the time of presentation of the nomination paper or deposited earlier in the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) or in a government treasury and in the latter case a receipt showing that the deposit has been made, Mishra said. He added the nomination papers, other than those rejected, will be taken up for scrutiny on June 29.

The notice of withdrawal of candidature may be delivered by a candidate or any one of his proposers or seconders, who have been authorized on his behalf in writing by the candidate by July 1. Voting will take place on July 17 from 10 am to 5 pm at the places of polling fixed under the rules. The vote count will be on July 20, four days before incumbent Pranab Mukherjee's term ends. The new President is set to take charge the next day.

Meanwhile, a three-member BJP panel set up to consult political parties on selecting a consensus candidate for the upcoming Presidential poll will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday. After meeting Gandhi, the panel of three ministers will also meet CPM's Sitaram Yechury, sources close to Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said here. Home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley and Naidu were appointed by BJP president Amit Shah on June 12 to hold talks with Opposition parties and allies in a bid to select a consensus candidate for the poll.

The sources said Naidu had already spoken with Praful Patel (NCP) and Satish Chandra Misra (BSP) on this issue.
Patel and Misra, who are expected to meet the panel shortly, are said to have assured Naidu their parties would take a call on a candidate after talks with the BJP panel. The notification for the July 17 polls was issued today, beginning the nomination process for the election. The last date for filing papers is June 28.