Presidential Election 2017: Ever since Narendra Modi was elected the Prime Minister of India in 2014 Lok Sabha election, he has continuously preached the benefits of going digital and has worked towards achieving it through his campaign, Digital India. One of the major reasons for demonetization was to push India towards digital payments. According to a report by PTI, regardless of the Centre pushing for digital payments, it has asked its candidates to pay Rs 15,000 in cash to file their nomination for the presidential election. Under the set guidelines a candidate needs to deposit the amount with the returning officer while filing the nomination paper for the post.
Sources told PTI that a bank official sitting there would count the notes. It added, “The candidate can also deposit the cash at the Reserve Bank of India, enclosing the receipt with the nomination papers as the candidates were not allowed to make payments digitally or by cheque.”
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15 people have filed their papers for the election so far out of which seven have been disqualified due to lack of proper documents. The others were rejected during the time of scrutiny as none of them had the signatures of 50 proposers and as many secondees from the list of electors. The electors comprise members of both Rajya Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies.