NEW DELHI, June 16 � The Presidential poll process got rolling today with the issue of notification by the Election Commission paving the way for filing of nominations for the July 19 election, reports PTI.
As per the notification, the last date for making nominations is fixed as June 30 and the scrutiny of nominations will take place on July 2, while the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is July 4.
Polling for the President�s poll, if necessary, will take place on July 19 between 10 am and 5 pm, and counting on July 22. The term of incumbent President Pratibha Patil ends on July 24.
The Election Commission through another notification has appointed Rajya Sabha secretary general VK Agnihotri as the Returning Officer for the Presidential Election, 2012 and SK Ganguli, Joint Secretary and Deepak Goyal, Joint Secretary, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, as the assistant Returning Officers.
As notified today, the nomination papers can be delivered by a candidate or any one of his proposers or seconders to the Returning Officer at his office in Parliament House between 11 am and 3 pm on any day (other than a public holiday) but not later than the June 30.
Each nomination paper shall be accompanied by a certified copy of the entry relating to the candidate in the electoral roll for the Parliamentary constituency in which the candidate is registered as an elector and each candidate has to deposit a sum of Rs 15,000 in cash at the time of filing of nominations.
The electoral college for the Presidential poll is 4896, comprising 776 Members of both Houses of Parliament and 4120 Members of State Legislative Assemblies, including those of Delhi and Puducherry.