The election of the 14th President of India on Monday in a contest in which National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ramnath Kovind has a clear edge in the electoral college over the opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903, and the NDA candidate is slated to cross the halfway-mark and get about 63 per cent votes.

Ramnath Kovind and Meira Kumar
Ramnath Kovind and Meira Kumar | Source: The Quint

Counting of votes in the election will be taken up on July 20 and the result will be known the same evening — four days before the end of the term of President Pranab Mukherjee. The new President is set to take over on July 25.


The value of the vote of an MP is 708 while that of an MLA varies from state to state depending on the size of its population.

In the electoral arithmetic, Kovind, a former Bihar Governor, has a distinct advantage over his rival, a former Lok Sabha Speaker, with parties like Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD), who are not allied with BJP, deciding to vote for him.

The Janata Dal-United has about 1.91 per cent of electoral college votes, while the BJD of Odisha has 2.99 per cent. In addition, the ruling TRS in Telangana (two per cent), different factions of AIADMK (5.39 per cent), YSR Congres.

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