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Election for Vice President on August 5: EC

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Thursday announced that polls for the post of Vice President will be held on August 5.

The incumbent, Hamid Ansari, is due to retire on August 10.

According to the schedule announced by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, the notification for the vice-presidential polls will be issued on July 4.

Nominations can be filed until July 18, followed by their scrutiny on July 19. Candidatures can be withdrawn till July 21.

Polling to elect the new Vice-President will be held on August 5 between 10 am and 5 pm. The results will be declared on the same day.

Ansari, who was first elected in August 2007, has completed two terms as Vice-President.

The Vice-President is also chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

The electoral college for the post of Vice-President comprises 790 MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

All 545 members of the Lok Sabha, including 2 nominated members, as well as 245 members of the Rajya Sabha, including 12 nominated members, will vote in the polls.

The EC, in consultation with the Central government, has decided to appoint Secretary-General of the Rajya Sabha Shumsher Sheriff as the returning officer for the vice-presidential election. The AROs will also be appointed from among the officers of the Rajya Sabha secretariat.

Zaidi said a special pen will be used for voting by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members. No member will be allowed to bring or use a pen other than the special pen, to record his preference.

The CEC appealed to all members of the electoral college to maintain secrecy of the ballot.

 He also underlined that no whip can be issued by any party to its MPs, and warned that a violation of this rule may force EC to declare the election as null and void.

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