The voting for India’s Vice President will begin tomorrow morning and Parliament members will cast their votes to either NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu or Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

After Presidential Election 2017, it is now time to get a new Vice President who will replace outgoing Vice President Hamid Ansari. The Vice Presidential Election 2017 will begin tomorrow morning i.e. 5th August, 2017 and members of Parliament gear up to cast their ballot to decide who the next Vice President of India will be. As candidates, the ruling party BJP-led NDA has fielded out their strong southern candidate – Venkaiah Naidu which a strong edge for victory, obviously because he enjoys BJP’s influence. Against Naidu will be Opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

The election is held at Parliamentary House from 10 AM to 5 PM and the voters will use special pens to cast the votes on ballot papers so that it cannot be tampered in anyway. And as per rules, no political party can whip their members as the election is very confidential details of who voted who remains undisclosed. As per Constitutional law, a voter is independent of choosing the candidate of their choice for voting, regardless of which party they belong in. Right after the voting time ends, counting will commence by Election Commission officials and the result will be declared at 7 PM, the same day – August 5th. The swearing in ceremony of newly elected Vice President will be held on August 10 – the day when VP Hamid Ansari’s five-year tenure ends.

The electoral college of Vice Presidential election consists of the total strength of both Houses – Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha with 790 members, with a total of 3 vacancies, the total number of voters will be 787. In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the BJP has 281 members. The NDA led by BJP, has 338 members. In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP as of now has 58 members, while the Congress with 57 is the second-largest party. The candidate who receives more than 50% of the total votes, will become the 18th Vice President of India.

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