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NDA Candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar’s Win Seems Confirm: Vice Presidential Elections To Be Held On Saturday

Voting will be held on Saturday to elect the country’s new Vice President. The contest is between National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar and opposition’s joint candidate Margaret Alva.

In terms of statistics, the victory of former West Bengal Governor Dhankhar seems certain.

Differences have also surfaced among opposition parties over the Vice Presidential election as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress announced to abstain from the voting process, citing attempts to not reach a consensus before the announcement of Alva’s name.

Eighty-year-old Alva is a senior Congress leader and has also served as the Governor of Rajasthan.

Dhankhar is 71 years old and belongs to the influential Jat community of Rajasthan. His background has been socialist.

Voting will be held in Parliament House from 10 am to 5 pm. Soon after that the votes will be counted and by late evening the name of the new Vice President of the country will be announced by the Returning Officer.

M Venkaiah Naidu’s term as Vice President ends on 10 August and the new Vice President will take oath on 11 August.

All the members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are included in the electoral college for the Vice-President’s election. Nominated members are also eligible to vote in this.

The current strength of the Parliament is 788, of which only BJP has 394 MPs. More than 390 votes are required to win.

If Dhankhar is elected Vice-President, it will be a coincidence that the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha will be from the same state. 

Currently Om Birla is the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and he represents the Kota parliamentary constituency of Rajasthan. The Vice President is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

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

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 voting procedure laid down in the rules of the year 1974 provides 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 procedure will result in the cancellation of the ballot paper by the Presiding Officer.

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