Indian lawmakers voted Thursday in an election widely expected to give India its first female president.
The ruling Congress Party's nominee, 72-year old Pratibha Patil, is expected to easily win election to the largely ceremonial post over opposition-backed Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .
But controversy has surrounded Patil, the current governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, with critics calling her an unfit leader.
Patil has been accused of involvement in numerous scandals, including financial scams and protecting her brother in a murder probe, charges she denies.
Results of today's election will be announced July 21st.
Members of both houses of parliament and the state legislative assemblies voted in Thursday’s election. Analysts predict a win for Patil because Congress leads the ruling party.
Patil outraged Islamic leaders and historians when she said Indian women started wearing head scarves to save themselves from 16th century Muslim invaders.