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Counting for presidential poll to be held today

Counting for presidential poll to be held today”

There are two candidates in the fray for the coveted post- National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Meira Kumar.

The ballot boxes received from states would be counted on an alphabetical basis and the votes would be counted on four separate tables. It has been learned that counting would begin at 11 AM. Returning Officer of presidential election, Anoop Mishra, had said this was the highest ever turnout to vote to elect the country's next president.

Talking to the reporters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prem Kumar expressed confidence in NDA candidate and former Governor of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind saying not only the entire NDA was behind Kovind, numerous non-NDA leaders also voted for Mr. Kovind. There will be eight rounds of counting, and announcements will be made after every round.

The Presidential polling and counting will take place today, following which the fourteenth President of India will be announced.

The BJP claimed Kovind had the support of more than 40 political parties, which accounted for more than 70% of the electoral college with a total vote value of 10,98,903.

The results of the presidential polls will be declared on Friday. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.

In Monday's polling, several states registered 100 percent polling.

In addition, the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Telangana (two percent), different factions of AIADMK (5.39 percent), and the YSR Congress (1.53 percent) also had announced their backing for Kovind.

The Janata Dal-United has about 1.91 percent of electoral college votes, while the BJD of Odisha has 2.99 percent.



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