Indian Vice Presidential Election 2017 to be held on 5 August

Jun 29, 2017 13:17 IST

Indian Vice Presidential Election 2017The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 29 June 2017 announced the election for the post of Vice-President of India. The election will be held on 5 August 2017 and the results will be announced on the same day itself.

The notification for the election will be issued by ECI on 4 July 2017 and the last date for filing nominations for the election is 18 July 2017.

The election for the Vice President will be conducted through a secret ballot where only members of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will get to vote. The Electoral College for the present election of the Vice-President comprises of  790 members, out of which 245 are Rajya Sabha MPs and 545 are Lok Sabha MPs.

Schedule for the election of the Vice-President of India

(i)

Issue of  notification of the election by Election Commission

 4 July 2017

(ii)

Last date of making nominations

 18 July 2017

(iii)

Date for the Scrutiny of nominations

 19 July 2017

(iv)

Last date for the withdrawal of candidatures

 21 July 2017

(v)

Date on which a poll shall, if necessary, be taken

 5 August 2017

(vi)

Hours of poll

 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

(vii)

Date on which counting, if required, will be done

 5 August 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Comment

The term of office of Vice-President Mohd Hamid Ansari is about to end on 10 August 2017. Due to this, election to fill the vacancy of the Vice-President post needs to be completed before the expiration of the term of the present incumbent.

As per the law, the notification for election can be issued on or as soon as on the sixtieth day before the expiry of term of the office of the outgoing Vice-President.

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Indian Vice-Presidential Elections
Article 324 of the Indian Constitution states that the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Rules, 1974. The rules vests the superintendence, direction and control of the conduct of election to the office of the Vice-President of India in the Election Commission of India.

The Election Commission is mandated to ensure that the election to the office of the Vice-President of India must be a free and fair election. The Commission is also mandated to take all necessary steps for discharging the responsibility.

The election for the Vice President is conducted through a secret ballot and the Vice-President is elected by the members of the Electoral College consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament- Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha  as well as  of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and are entitled to participate in the election.

 

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