Here are the highlights from the 2017 Presidential Election:
The counting of votes which will take place on July 20 will decide who will take up the nation's top post as India's 14th President.
(Yogi Adityanath casting his vote at Assembly building for Presidential Election in Lucknow. )
"We are voting for Meira Kumar because it's a vote against the atrocities of the Bharatiya Janata Party, violence in the name of cow vigilantism, interference in federal structure... It's a vote against injustice," said the 62-year-old party chief said.
(Mamata Banerjee casts her vote during Presidential election 2017 at West Bengal Legislative Assembly in Kolkata.)
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(File Photo: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said she will be happy with the result of the 2017 presidential election, irrespective of who wins, as both candidates are Dalits.)
(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind is set for an easy win in today's election for the next President of India versus Meira Kumar)
(Photo: Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi leave after casting their votes to elect the next President of India)
(Photo: Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar speaks to the press on voting day)
(File Photo: Opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar)
Casting my vote to elect the 14th President of India. Feel a great sense of responsibility at being part of an important democratic process. pic.twitter.com/K1sc90SaIW- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 17, 2017
(Photo: PM Modi casts his vote for the 2017 Presidential election)
1) Voting Time: 10 am to 5 pm
2) Polling Booth in Parliament : Room No. 62, Parliament of India
3) Total Number of MPs and MLAs (Members of the Electoral College for Presidential Election, 2017) is 4896. It includes 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs. Narottam Mishra, BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh, has been disqualified from voting in the Presidential election. So the actual number of MPs and MLAs who can vote today is down to 4895. The full list is available here.
4) The Election Commission has permitted 41 Lok Sabha MPs and 14 Rajya Sabha MPs to vote in State Legislative Assemblies. 5 MLAs including BJP chief Amit Shah have been permitted to cast their vote in Parliament. 4 MLAs have been allowed to vote in other State Legislative Assemblies.
5) Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, who is also the Returning Officer of Presidential election, is scheduled to address a media briefing at 6:30 pm today in the Parliament's committee room No. 63.
Voting for the Presidential elections for the 14th President of India is under way. BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's (NDA's) candidate for the post of President is former Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind and Opposition's candidate is former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar. The voting will be held between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
1) This will be the second time India will elect a Dalit President since 1997. So far, KR Narayan has been the only person from the Dalit community to hold this post.
2) A special serial numbered pen with violet ink will be used for voting by lawmakers, who have been barred from carrying their personal pens inside the voting chamber. Following the ink controversy in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana in 2016, the Election Commission has decided to use special pens for the electors to mark their votes in the presidential and vice-presidential polls.
3) Electronic voting machines are not used in the 2017 elections as they are formatted for first-past-the post system of voting. The Election Commission has called for different coloured ballot papers for this year's polls. While it is green for members of Parliament, MLAs will use pink ballot papers to cast their votes.
4) Varahagiri Venkata Giri, better known as VV Giri, who held the post of President from 1969-64, became the first Acting president of India after the death of Zakhir Hussian in his office. He is the only one who was both president and acting president.
5) Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the only president to win unopposed in independent India. Even though 37 candidates filed their nominations, 36 of them were rejected. He was elected president following the death of Zakhir Hussian, who was the third president of India.
(File Photo: Congress President Sonia Gandhi holds a meeting of opposition leaders)
(Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning today. He will vote for the presidential election shortly)
(Photo: Presidential election contest between Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar)
(Photo: Nitish Kumar and his party - the JD(U) - have pledged support to Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential election)
(Photo: Opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar filing her nomination)
(Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to all parties, including the opposition for their support for Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind)
(Photo: Opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar with Congress president Sonia Gandhi)
(Photo: Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah)
(Presidential Election 2017: On voting day, the numbers are in favour of Ram Nath Kovind)
(Photo: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meets Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind)
(Photo: Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi)
(Photo: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi with opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar)
(Photo: The Rashtrapati Bhavan)