V-P poll on Au­gust 5, re­sults on same day

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION - Sm­riti Kak Ra­machan­dran n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Elec­tion Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Thurs­day that the poll for In­dia’s next vi­cepres­i­dent will take place on Au­gust 5. The term of vice-pres­i­dent M. Hamid An­sari ends on Au­gust 10.

The rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Op­po­si­tion are yet to an­nounce their nom­i­nees for the post. Count­ing will be held on the same day as the elec­tion.

The in­cum­bent vice-pres­i­dent Hamid An­sari served from Au­gust 11, 2007 to Au­gust 10, 2012 and was re-elected as the 14th vice-pres­i­dent on Au­gust 11, 2012. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion said the no­ti­fi­ca­tion will be is­sued on July 4 and the last date for nom­i­na­tion is July 18.

The BJP, which has nom­i­nated a Dalit with an RSS back­ground Ram Nath Kovind as their can­di­date for the Pres­i­dent’s post, is tight-lipped about its choice for the vice pres­i­dent, though names of union min­is­ter Venka­iah Naidu and Lok Sabha MP Hukum Dev Narain are do­ing the rounds.

Ac­cord­ing to the rules, the elec­tion to fill the po­si­tion has to be held within 60 days of the ex­piry of the term of the of­fice of the out­go­ing vice-pres­i­dent.

Any per­son qual­i­fied to be elected and in­tend­ing to stand for elec­tion as vice pres­i­dent is re­quired to be nom­i­nated by at least 20 MPs as pro­posers and at least 20 more as sec­on­ders.

Chief elec­tion com­mis­sioner Nasim Zaidi, while an­nounc­ing the sched­ule on Thurs­day, said no whip can be is­sued by po­lit­i­cal par­ties as the elec­tion is through a se­cret bal­lot.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Ra­jya Sabha Shumsher K Sher­iff will be the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer for the elec­tion, Zaidi said.

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