New Delhi: The Election Commission has set the ball rolling formally by issuing notifications on the schedule for Presidential polls and also appointed P C Mody, Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha, as the Returning officer for the Presidential Election.
Mukul Pandey, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and Surendra Kumar Tripathi, Joint Secretary and Chief Vigilance Officer, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, have been appointed as the Assistant Returning Officers.
As required under the rules of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections, the Returning Officer, by a Public Notice, notified that the nomination papers may be delivered by a candidate or any of his proposers or seconders to the RO at his office in Room No 29, Ground Floor, Parliament House, New Delhi, or if he is unavoidably absent, to the Assistant Returning Officers, Mukul Pandey, OSD, Surendra Kumar Tripathi, Joint Secretary and Chief Vigilance Officer, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, at the said office between 11 A.M. and 3 P.M. on any day (other than a public holiday) but not later than June 29, 2022.
The EC also said that June 30, 2022, will be the date for the scrutiny of nominations and July 2 as the last date for the withdrawal of candidatures and voting will be held on July 18 in case of a contest.
Official sources also said that 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 every candidate shall deposit a sum of Rs 15,000 only as a security deposit.
This amount may be deposited in cash with the Returning Officer at the time of presentation of the nomination paper or deposited earlier in the Reserve Bank of India or in a Government Treasury and in the latter case, a receipt showing that the said deposit of the sum has been so made is required to be enclosed with the nomination paper;
The term of the incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24.