The results of the presidential polls will be declared on Thursday (July 20th).
A total of 4,896 elected representatives voted in the election on Monday, choosing between Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance’s Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar. The counting will begin at 11 am.
The election held through a secret ballot at 32 polling stations saw nearly 99% of the members of the electoral college cast their votes. Returning Officer of presidential election, Anoop Mishra, had said this was the highest ever turnout to vote to elect the country’s next president.
Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel had said soon after voting began that he was confident Kovind would win the presidential polls. This came as a surprise because the NCP had supported the Opposition’s candidate, Meira Kumar in the election.