No - the drain screw is supposed to point to right (as sitting on the ped facing forward).
There is actually a hole in the frame on the right side, through which you can reach the screw (with a long skinny screwdriver). I presume that the hole is provided so that you can empty the bowl in preparation for storage (etc).
No such hole on the left side.
I did the same thing, looked at the manual, then pointed it to the left, experienced problems, then figured it out.
Gotta go to the right!