Constitutional Democracy of India

3. Election of the President of India

Any person can contest the election to the presidential office if he/she is the citizen of India; has acquired the age of 35 years; is eligible to contest elections to the Lok sabha; does not hold office of profit under the central, state or local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said government. and his name is proposed and seconded by 50 voters separately. If any member of the parliament or a state legislature is elected president, his membership of the concerned House is considered as vacant from the date the person enters the office of the president. Further, the candidate shall deposit a security deposit of rupees 15000 which shall stand forfeited if the candidate fails to secure one-sixth of the votes needed to win the election. (Presidential election Act, 2007)