EC of India declares Vice Presidential election schedule; Know the election procedure

The Election Commission on June 30 declared that the election for the post of vice-president of India would be held on August 6, 2022. As per the official statement, the person who is going to succeed M Venkaiah Naidu will be elected on August 6, and the votes will be counted on the same day. The current vice-president’s term ends on August 10, The Times Of India reported.

However, the notification for the election to decide the new vice prescient will be issued on July 5 and the last date for filing nomination papers will be July 19. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be on July 19. This announcement comes after the EC’s announcement on the schedule of the Presidential election in the country as the current term of President Ram Nath Kovind is coming to an end. The tenure of President Ram Nath Kovind will come to an end on July 24, 2022.

The election Procedure

An electoral college will be formed ahead of the election. The college will be comprised of members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, including nominated members. The EC said the list would be updated if the 51 vacant Rajya Sabha seats and seven nominated members were filled or named in the election process. Ahead of the election, a returning officer will be taken charge and  Lok Sabha Secretary-General would be in charge of it. 

As in the case of the president, to be qualified to be elected as vice president, a person must be:

  1. a citizen of India
  2. at least 35 years of age
  3. Not hold any office of profit

A President contestant needs to be qualified for election as a member of the Lok Sabha whereas the one who is contesting the vice president election must be qualified for election as a member of the Rajya Sabha. This difference is because the vice president is to act as the ex officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. 

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The election of the vice president is slightly different from the election of the president as the members of state legislatures are not part of the electoral college but the nominated members of Rajya Sabha are part of it. The nomination of a candidate for election to the office of Vice-President must be subscribed by at least 20 electors as proposers and 20 electors as seconders. Each candidate has to deposit a security deposit of ₹15,000 with the Reserve Bank of India.

After the poll and counting of votes, the Returning Officer declares the result of the election to the electoral college. Thereafter, the Returning Officer reports the result to the Govt of India and the Election Commission of India, and the Government publishes the name of the person elected as Vice President, in the Official Gazette. The vice president may resign office by submitting a letter of resignation to the president. The resignation becomes effective from the day it is accepted.