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ECI Presidential Election 2017 FAQ Frequently Asked Questions : Election Commission of India

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Presidential Election FAQ :

In the context of the above election, some questions which may be frequently asked (FAQs) and replies thereto are given below to remove any doubts and confusion which may be arising in the minds of the intending candidates, electors and the general public

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1. Who elects the President of India?
The President is elected by an Electoral College, which consists of the elected members of both Houses of Parliament and the elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of all the States and also of NCT of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry.

2. What is the term of the office of the President?
The President shall hold office for a term of 5 years from the date on which he enters upon his office. He shall, however, continue to hold office notwithstanding the expiry of his term, until his successor enters upon his office.

3. When is the election of the Office of President of India held?
Under the provisions of sub-section (3) of Section 4 of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act, 1952, the notification calling the election to the office of the President can be issued by the Election Commission on any day within the period of sixty days before the expiry of the term of office of the outgoing President.

The election schedule shall be so fixed, that the President elect is able to enter upon his office on the day following the expiry of the term of the outgoing President.

4. Who conducts the election to the Office of President of India?
Under Article 324 of the Constitution of India, the authority to conduct elections to the Office of President is vested in the Election Commission of India.

5. What electoral system/process is followed for the election to the office of the President?
As per Article 55(3) of the Constitution of India, the election of the President shall be held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of single transferable vote and the voting at such election shall be by secret ballot.

6. What are the Qualifications required by a candidate to contest the election to the Office of the President of India?
Under Article 58, a candidate should fulfill the following eligibility conditions to contest the election to the Office of President: –
1. Must be a citizen of India,
2. Must have completed 35 years of age,
3. Must be eligible to be a member of the Lok Sabha,
4. Should not be holding any office of profit under the Government of India or the

Government of any State or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said Governments. However, the candidate may be holding the office of President or Vice-President or Governor of any State or Ministers of the Union or any State and shall be eligible to contest election.

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