New Delhi: The counting for the presidential election held on Monday would be done today and the name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5 pm.
The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind over the opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar.
According to Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra, who is also the returning officer of the election, the counting would begin at 11 am. First, the ballot box of Parliament House would be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states would be counted on alphabetical basis.
The votes would be counted on four separate tables and there would be eight rounds of counting.
An Election Commission official who has witnessed previous two presidential polls said, usually results are declared around 5 pm.
The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will enter into the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Close to 99 per cent voting was recorded for electing India’s next president.