The Vice Presidential election will be held on August 5, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced at a press conference on Thursday. The results will also be announced on the same day. Zaidi said notification for the election will be issued on July 4 and nominations can
be submitted by July 18. No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot, Zaidi added.
The election for the Vice President is conducted through a secret ballot where only members of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha get to vote. The Electoral College comprises of 790 members — 245 Rajya Sabha MPs and 545 Lok Sabha MPs. Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice. Votes marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected.
A person needs to satisfy the following prerequisites to become a Vice-President.
1) Needs to be a citizen of India
2) Is at least 35 years old or above.
3) is qualified to become a member of the Rajya Sabha
A candidate’s nomination paper needs to be subscribed by at least 20 electors as proposers and at least another 20 electors as seconders. And a security deposit of Rs 15,000 will be collected from each candidate.
Incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari’s term will end on August 10. It is unlikely he will be elected for a third term despite the Opposition enjoying a majority in the Upper House. In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP as of now has 56 members, while the Congress with 59 is the single largest party. With its recent gains in the assembly polls, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha next year, taking the NDA’s tally close to 100. It would, however, still be short of a majority in the upper house.
With PTI inputs