The Vice President Elections are being held today, results of which shall be announced by evening. This is also to remind that NDA lawmakers underwent a “Dummy Vote” practice yesterday so that minimum invalid votes can be ensured.
M Venkaiah Naidu, the candidate of the BJP-led NDA, is expected to be India’s next Vice President as Members of Parliament cast their vote today.
Results will be declared by the evening after lawmakers cast their vote during the day in Parliament House. The NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha, will find it easy to place its candidate as the next vice president.
The opposition has fielded former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi against Mr Naidu.
Following are the 10 things about the Vice Presidential Election 2017:
- The term of the present incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, is coming to an end on August 10.
- Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice in the election to be held between 10 am and 5 pm today.
- The Biju Janata Dal and the Janta Dal (United) which had supported NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president, have decided to back opposition’s nominee Mr Gandhi.
- Though the JD(U) has broken ties with ‘mahagathbandhan’ and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar, it will vote for Mr Gandhi, a former governor of West Bengal.
- The counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7 pm, Election Commission officials said quoting precedents.
- No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot.
- The Electoral College which elects the Vice President, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
- The total strength of the two Houses is 790, but there are two vacancies in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha. BJP MP in Lok Sabha Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting vote following a judicial pronouncement.
- In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has 281 members. The NDA led by BJP, has 338 members. In the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP has 58 members making it the single-largest party, while the Congress has 57.
- The one who gets 50 per cent and one vote of the total valid votes cast will win the poll.