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EC issues notification for President's election

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The process of filing nominations for the July 17 presidential poll began today with the Commission issuing a notification in this regard.

The nomination process will continue till June 28.


The ruling and a loosely knit group of opposition parties have intensified efforts to zero in on a "mutually acceptable" presidential candidate. But they would go their separate ways if a consensus proves elusive.

After a prolonged silence on the issue, chief has constituted a three-member committee comprising union ministers Rajnath Singh, and which will hold consultations with the allies and the opposition on the issue.

Leaders of opposition parties will hold their meeting this afternoon to chalk out their joint strategy and come up with a consensus candidate.

The 10-member sub-group of the opposition is meeting for the first time after its constitution recently.

Sources said the opposition leaders will try and come out with some possible names for the post of President, but will await the government initiative in this regard.

In a bid to ensure that non serious candidates do not file nomination for the prestigious election, laws were amended a few years ago.

Now, a candidate who is supported by 50 'electors' and seconded by another 50 can file nomination. Elected members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and elected members of state legislative assemblies are the electors.

If the elections are held in case both the and the opposition field their candidates, then the results will be announced on July 20.

The term of present incumbent Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on July 24.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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