2022 Indian presidential election

16th Indian presidential election

The 2022 Indian presidential election was held on 18 July 2022 to elect the president of India. It was the 16th presidential election in India. The president at the time, Ram Nath Kovind, did not run for reelection. The election took place on 18 July 2022 with a turnout of 99.12%.

2022 Indian Presidential Election

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Turnout99.18% Increase
Nominee Draupadi Murmu Yashwant Sinha
Alliance NDA United Opposition
Home state Odisha Bihar
Electoral vote 676,803 380,177
States carried 21 + PC 7 + NCT
Percentage 64.03% 35.97

President before election

Ram Nath Kovind


Draupadi Murmu

Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Droupadi Murmu won the election by a margin of 296,626 votes against Yashwant Sinha, the United Opposition candidate.[1][2][3][4] Murmu became the first member of a scheduled tribe and second woman to become president. She is also the first president born after independence.[5][6][7][8]



Due to the expiry of the term of President Ram Nath Kovind, an election poll to fill in the office is scheduled to be held on 18 July 2022. Counting of votes will take place on 21 July 2022.[9]



On 21 June 2022, Yashwant Sinha of AITC was chosen as common candidate of UPA and other opposition parties for 2022 Presidential Election.[10] On the same day NDA chose Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate.[11]

Electoral system


The President of India is indirectly elected by an electoral college with

As of 2022, the electoral college has 776 MPs and 4,123 MLAs.

Candidate nomination


The nomination of a candidate for election to the office of the President must be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 electors as seconders. The election is held by means of a secret ballot under the Instant-runoff voting system.[12]



Article 58 of the Indian Constitution provides that the President and Vice President of India must be citizens of India, and at least 35 years old. The Presidential candidate must be qualified for elections in the same way as a member of the Lok Sabha, and must not hold any office of profit under the Indian government.[13]

The returning officer for the election was Anoop Mishra, the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha.


Name Born Alliance Positions held Home state Announced Ref

Draupadi Murmu

(1958-06-20) 20 June 1958 (age 66)
Baidaposi, Odisha
National Democratic Alliance
9th Governor of Jharkhand (2015–2021)
Member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Rairangpur Assembly constituency (2000–2009)
Minister of State in the 1st Naveen Patnaik ministry (2000–2004)
Odisha 21 June 2022 [14]
Yashwant Sinha
(1937-11-06) 6 November 1937 (age 86)
Patna, Bihar
United Opposition

24th External Affairs Minister of India (2002–2004)
19th Leader of the House (Rajya Sabha) (1990–1991)
21st Finance Minister of India (1990–1991, 1998–2002)

Bihar 21 June 2022 [15]


Results of the 2022 Indian presidential election[16]
Candidate Coalition Individual
College votes
Draupadi Murmu National Democratic Alliance 2,824 676,803 64.03
Yashwant Sinha United Opposition 1,877 380,177 35.97
Valid votes 4,701 1,056,980
Blank and invalid votes 53 10,500
Total 4754 100
Registered voters / Turnout 4,796 1,081,991


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  2. ANI [@ani] (July 21, 2022). "While President-elect #DroupadiMurmu got a vote in all states, Opposition's Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha drew a blank in Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, & Sikkim" (Tweet). Retrieved 2022-07-23 – via Twitter.
  3. "Polling for Presidential Elections 2022 held peacefully today". Election Commission of India. 18 July 2022.
  4. Mehrotra, Vani (2022-07-21). "President Election 2022 Result LIVE Updates: Droupadi Murmu wins, Yashwant loses, celebrations begins". Indiatvnews.com. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  5. "Presidential Election 2022-Declaration of Result". Election Commission of India. 28 July 2022.
  6. "Draupadi Murmu is India's first tribal and youngest President ever - Oneindia News". Oneindia.com. 2022-07-21. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  7. Cariappa, Anuj (2022-07-18). "Presidential Election Results 2022 updates: Murmu declared winner, secures 64% of votes against Sinha's 36%". Oneindia. Retrieved 2022-07-22.
  8. Mathur, Swati (July 22, 2022). "President of India 2022: Draupadi Murmu elected first tribal President of India, second woman to assume nation's top office". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-07-23.
  9. "Presidential elections on July 18, counting, if needed, on July 21: Election Commission". The Indian Express. 2022-06-09. Retrieved 2022-06-09.
  10. Press Trust of India [@pti_news] (June 21, 2022). "Yashwant Sinha unanimously chosen as common candidate of opposition parties for presidential election: joint statement" (Tweet). Retrieved 2022-06-21 – via Twitter.
  11. "Presidential Election Live Updates: Draupadi Murmu to be NDA's presidential candidate". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  12. The Constitution of 1950 use the term Single transferable vote, which is now used for a system with multiple-member constituencies. When there is only one of the latter, the system is now called Instant-runoff voting
  13. "The Constitution of India" (PDF).
  14. Singhal, Ashok (21 June 2022). "Draupadi Murmu, tribal leader and former governor, is NDA's choice for president". India Today. Retrieved 2022-06-21.
  15. https://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/presidential-election-live-updates-21-06-2022/amp_liveblog/92356075.cms
  16. Presidential elections on July 18, counting, if needed, on July 21: Election Commission