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ELEVENTH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, 1997
The term of the Ninth President Dr. Shanker Dayal Sharma was to expire on 24-07-1997. The Eleventh Presidential Election was to be held before that date.
CHANGES IN THE LAW
The President of India promulgated an Ordinance on 5th June, 1997 to further amend the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Act, 1952. The Parliament approved the Ordinance on 29-08-1997. The following amendments to the act were made:-
(a) In the case of the Presidential Election, the number of Proposers and Seconders for any nomination paper was increased from ten Proposers to fifty Proposers and from ten Seconders to fifty Seconders.
(b) In the case of Vice-Presidential Election, the number of Proposers and Seconders for any nomination paper was likewise increased from five Proposers and five Seconders to twenty Proposers and twenty Seconders.
(c) The amount of security was increased from Rs.2,500/- to Rs.15,000/-.
Shri S. Gopalan, Secretary General, Lok Sabha.
ASSTT. RETURNING OFFICERS
Two Joint Secretaries in the Lok Sabha Secretariat and the Secretaries/Special Secretaries of the Legislative Assemblies of States including NCT of Delhi and the UT of Pondicherry.
1. Notified on 09-06-1997
2. Last date for making nomination 23-06-1997
3. Scrutiny of Nominations on 24-06-1997
4. Last date for withdrawal 26-06-1997
5. Date of Poll 14.07.1997 (10 A.M. to 5 P.M.)
6. Counting of votes 17.07.1997
The Electoral College consisted of elected members of Lok Sabha , Rajya Sabha  and 27 State Legislative Assemblies . Thus the total electors were 4848.
NO. OF VOTES FOR EACH MEMBER
Each Member of Parliament had 708 votes and the number of votes for each Member of the State Legislative Assemblies differed from State to State based on 1971 census.
|Sl. No||CANDIDATE||VOTES POLLED|
|1.||Shri K.R. Narayanan||9,56,290|
|2.||Shri T.N. Seshan||50,631|
Shri K.R. Narayanan was declared elected by the Returning Officers on 22-07-1997. He assumed office on 25-07-1997.