115 candidacies submitted for the presidential election, 28 rejected before examination

No less than 115 candidacies have been submitted until Wednesday, the last day for filing documents for the July 18 presidential election, and 87 of them remain to be examined, said the Rajya Sabha secretariat. The review of applications would take place on Thursday.

Sources said that 28 of the total 115 applications were rejected due to the failure to provide the electoral list with the names of the candidates. The remaining 87 applications are from 72 candidates who will be screened on Thursday.

Among those who filed their papers are NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu and joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha, who are the main contenders. Besides them, a host of commoners also filed their papers for the country’s highest constitutional post, including a Mumbai slum dweller, a namesake of RJD founder Lalu Prasad Yadav, a social activist from Tamil Nadu and a professor. from Delhi.

The Election Commission has made it mandatory for candidates to have at least 50 Electoral College members as nominators and another 50 as linebackers. The number of nominators and seconders increased from 10 to 50 in 1997, before the 11th presidential election, when the security deposit was increased to Rs 15,000.

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(Edited by : Anand Singha)

First post: STI

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