New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that the presidential poll would take place on July 19 and the last date of filing nomination for the same would be on June 30.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath kickstarted the presidential poll, saying that as the term of office of President Pratibha Patil expires on July 24, and the process needs to be completed before that.
The counting of the presidential poll would take place on July 22, said the Chief Election Commissioner.
According to the scheduled declared by Sampath, the scrutiny of the nominations filed by June 30 would be done on July 2. The last date for the withdrawal of nomination is July 4.
The Chief Election Commissioner further said that the Members of Parliament must cast their votes in New Delhi, but, they could do so in states as well.
The electoral college for the Presidential poll is 4896, constituting 776 Members of Parliament and 4120 Members of Legislative Assemblies, including those of Delhi and Puducherry.
The total value of votes is 10,98,882 with that of MLAs being 5,49,474 and that of MPs being 5,49,408.
Nominated members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and state Assemblies are not entitled to vote.