Vice-President poll tomorrow, result in evening
Counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7.00 pm, Election Commission officials said quoting precedents.
Members of Parliament will cast their ballot on Saturday for the Vice-President election. Ruling National Democratic Alliance candidate is M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Opposition has fielded Gopalkrishna Gandhi against him.
Though the JD(U) has broken ties with 'mahagathbandhan' and joined hands with the BJP to form a new government in Bihar, it has decided to vote for Mr. Gandhi, a former Governor of West Bengal. The BJD has also decided to back him
MPs will use special pens for marking their choice in the election to be held between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Counting of votes will commence after polling and the results will be declared by 7.00 pm, Election Commission officials said quoting precedents.
No whip can be issued by political parties as the election is through a secret ballot.
The term of incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post for two consecutive terms, is coming to an end on August 10.
The electoral college that elects the Vice-President, who is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, consists of elected and nominated members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
The total strength of the two Houses is 790, but there are two vacancies in the Lok Sabha and one in the Upper House.
BJP MP in the Lok Sabha Chhedi Paswan is barred from casting his vote following a judicial pronouncement. In the 545-member House, 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 56 members, while the Congress, with 59, is the single largest party. With its recent wins in the recent Assembly polls, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha too next year and the NDA's tally would be close to 100.
It would, however, still be short of a majority in the Upper House. The one who bags 50 per cent plus one vote of the total valid votes cast will win the poll.