EC issues notification for Vice Prez poll

By PTI Published on Jul 04, 2017 05:35 PM IST

New Delhi: The process of filing nominations for the 5 August Vice Presidential election began today with the Election Commission issuing notification.

Neither the ruling NDA nor the opposition has so far announced their respective candidates for the post of Vice President.

The term of present incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, comes to an end on 10 August.

The ruling NDA, which has a majority in the Lok Sabha and received support of parties such as AIADMK and BJD in the Presidential polls, will find it easy to place its candidate as the next Vice President. The nominations can be submitted by 18 July. The scrutiny will take place on 19 July and the last date for withdrawing from the electoral battle is 21 July.

The polling, if required, it will take place on 5 August and the counting will also take place on the same evening. In the Vice President election, a candidate requires 20 proposers and 20 seconders who should be members of Parliament.

Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice.

No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot. Following the ink controversy in Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana last year, the Election Commission has decided to use special pens for the electors to mark their votes in the 17 July Presidential election and the Vice Presidential polls.  Votes marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected.