UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee is all set to be elected the 14th President of India tomorrow when the counting of votes will take place.
Mukherjee's path to victory has been ensured with all the UPA partners and major outside allies like SP and BSP and some Opposition parties backing him in the election in which he is pitted against former Speaker P A Sangma.
Congress-led UPA has claimed Mukherjee will win around 70% of the votes in the direct contest with Sangma, who is backed by some Opposition parties.
The counting of ballots of MPs as well as MLAs from all the states will begin in the capital tomorrow morning and the result is expected by late afternoon, according to officials. As per the norm, the ballot boxes from the states have been brought here for the counting. The election was held on July 19.
The polling percentage has been less than expected this time with only 72% of the total votes - valued at 11 lakh - polled. Of the total votes polled, estimated to be around 8 lakh, Mukherjee is expecting around 5.6 lakh votes.
As of now, only the vote of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been declared invalid by the Election Commission on the ground that he violated the code of secrecy by revealing his vote. Yadav had initially voted for Sangma and then torn the ballot paper when he realised his mistake.
Kanu Kalsaria, BJP MLA from Mahuva in Gujarat, voted for Mukherjee and openly declared that he did so as he is unhappy with the functioning of the Narendra Modi government.
The new President will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India on July 25.
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