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Decoded: How India elects new vice-president?

The rule for a vice-president election says a person who wants to participate in the election must be at least 35-year-old.

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New Delhi: The election to elect a new vice president started on August 6 at 10 AM and will continue till 5 PM. It is reported that the counting of ballots will start soon after the voting ends and results will come by late Saturday evening. This year National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar is fighting the election against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s candidate Margaret Alva.

The new president will take the oath of office on August 11 as the current V-P M Venakish Naidu’s term will end on August 10. The result is reported to come by tonight. The chance of Dhankar’s win is high as he is heavily backed. In the Lok Sabha, the BJP has 303 members and 91 members in Rajya Sabha. Dhankar is likely to get over 500 votes while Alva may get approx 200 votes.

How does the Vice-president election hold?

In the vice-president election, members of both Houses of Parliament — Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha — participate in the election. In this election, nominated members of the Parliament can also cast their votes unlike in the Presidential election.

In the election, Rajya Sabha’s 233 members, 12 nominated members, Lok Sabha’s 543 members, and 2 nominated members participate.

Eligibility criteria of vice-president? 

The rule for a vice-president election says a person who wants to participate in the election must be at least 35-year-old. However, the person must be an Indian citizen and he should also fulfill all the requirements for membership in the Rajya Sabha.

If the person who wants to fight the election holds a profit-making position with the government of India or the state government, he cannot become a Vice-President.

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