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Vice-Presidential Polls To Be Held On Aug 6; Filing Nominations Begin

The political parties have not yet announced the name of their candidate

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Notification for Vice Presidential election has been issued. With this the process of filing nominations has also started. The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notification for the Vice-President's election to be held on August 6. 

According to the notification, the last date for filing nomination papers is July 19. The tenure of current Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10.

The new Vice President of the country will take oath on August 11. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on July 20. Candidates will be able to withdraw their nomination till July 22. In terms of statistics, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the upper hand in the election for the post of Vice President. Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha vote in this election. Nominated members can also cast their vote in this election.

The political parties have not yet announced the name of their candidate. The Vice President is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The electoral college consists of 788 members from both the houses of Parliament for the election of the Vice-President. Since all the members of the electoral college are members of both the Houses of Parliament, the vote of each Member of Parliament will be of equal value i.e. one.

The election shall be by means of the single transferable vote and the election shall be by secret ballot, according to the system of proportional representation. In this system, the elector has to mark the preferences against the names of the candidates.

The commission has said that voters are expected to faithfully maintain the secrecy of voting. There is no concept of open voting in this election and it is strictly prohibited to show ballot papers to anyone under any circumstances in the election of President and Vice President.

The nomination paper of the candidate must be signed by 20 proposers and 20 seconders. An elector can put his signature on only one nomination paper of a candidate as either a proposer or seconder. A candidate can file a maximum of four nomination papers. The security deposit for the election is Rs 15,000.

In the voting procedure prescribed in the rules of the year 1974, there is a provision that after marking the vote in the polling room, the voter has to fold the ballot paper and put it in the ballot box. Any violation of the voting process will result in the cancellation of the ballot paper by the Presiding Officer.

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