Polling to elect next Indian president ends

July 19th, 2012 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Pranab Mukherjee New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The seven-hour polling in Parliament House here and state legislatures across India to elect the next president ended at 5 p.m. Thursday, even as there were indications that near 100 percent of the electors cast their ballots.

The elections, in which ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee faced direct contest from opposition-sponsored Purno Sangma, began at 10 a.m. and witnessed brisk voting through the day.

The electoral college comprised of 4,120 assembly members and 776 members of parliament.

Among the senior political leaders who voted in the polls were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, apart from Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad.

Though Mukherjee, who has served as defence, foreign and finance minister in the UPA government since 2004, is tipped to win the polls hands down, the final results will be known after counting which is scheduled for Sunday.

Sangma’s camp is likely to challenge the polls in the Supreme Court over the issue of office of profit that they had raised against Mukherjee at the time of filing of nominations.

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