Indian presidential election: Counting of votes begins, results to be out today
The numbers are reportedly in favour of the ruling NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind (R) over opposition nominee Meira Kumar.? Photograph: (Others)
The counting of votes for the Indian presidential election began at 11 am today and the results are expected to be known by 5 pm.
About 99 per cent voting was recorded for electing India's 14th president.
A total of 4,896 voters, including 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs, were eligible to cast their ballot.
The numbers are reportedly in favour of the ruling NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind over opposition nominee Meira Kumar.
The ballot Box of Parliament House will be opened first followed by those received from the states.
There will be eight rounds of counting on four separate tables.
Ram Nath Kovind is the former governor of Bihar. His name was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA's candidate for the post of President of India on June 19.
Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23.
Meira Kumar is the former Speaker of Lok Sabha. Her name was announced as the Indian National Congress (INC)-led opposition's nominee for the election after a meeting held on June 22.