1. The President is elected by the electoral college+ . This body comprises all elected members of Parliament and the members of the legislative assemblies of all states, as well as of the union territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
2. The total strength of the electoral college is 10,98,903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708. The vote weight of a member of a State Assembly is calculated keeping in mind the population of the state he or she represents. A candidate needs 50 per cent-plus votes to win the poll. That translates to 5,49,452 votes.
3. Kovind’s victory+ against Kumar is said to be a foregone conclusion because almost 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, have pledged to support him. Significantly, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U), will also be supporting Kovind, going against its Bihar ‘grand alliance’ partners, the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s RJD. The non-NDA parties that are expected to vote for Kovind+ are the AIADMK, the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Indian National Lok Dal. The total votes of all those supporting Kovind comes to over 60 per cent, which is a lot higher than the required 50 per cent. Read More