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New Delhi: The process of filing nominations for the August 6 vice-presidential polls will start from Tuesday and go on till July 19.
The term of incumbent Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu ends on August 10.
The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be done on July 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 22.
The process of filing nominations begins when the Election Commission (EC) issues a notification, calling upon the electors to elect the next vice president.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has a clear edge in the election, in which the members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, including the nominated ones, are eligible to vote.
The political parties are yet to name their candidates for the election.
The vice president is also the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.
The electoral college in the vice-presidential polls comprises a total of 788 members of both houses of Parliament. Since all the electors are members of Parliament, the value of the vote of each MP would be the same — one — the EC said in a statement issued on June 29.
The election is held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote and the voting is held by secret ballot.
There is no concept of open voting in the election and showing the ballot to anyone under any circumstances in the case of presidential and vice-presidential elections is totally prohibited, the EC had cautioned, adding that the parties cannot issue a whip to its MPs in the matter of voting.
The nomination paper of a candidate has to be subscribed by at least 20 electors as proposers and by at least 20 other electors as seconders. An elector can subscribe to only one nomination paper of a candidate as either a proposer or a seconder.
A candidate can file a maximum of four nomination papers. The security deposit for the election is Rs 15,000.
Unlike the presidential polls where the voting takes place at multiple locations as the elected MLAs, not the nominated members, also form part of the electoral college, in the vice-presidential election, the voting takes place in the Parliament House.