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Vice-Presidential election LIVE: Voting begins in the contest between Venkaiah Naidu and Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu is set to take on former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president of India today.

Venkaiah Naidu, Gopalkrishna Gandhi,

The winner of the polls will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

According to Election Commission officials, voting will begin on Saturday at 10 am and will carry on till 5 pm. The counting of votes will start at 7 pm and the result will be declared in the evening.

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The Vice-President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the Electoral College consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election.

Members of Parliament will use special pens for marking their choice. Votes marked with any other pen are liable to be rejected. The ballot paper shall contain the names of the contesting candidates, but does not contain any election symbol.

Unlike the President, the Vice-President is not allotted any special residential privileges while in office. While the President of India stays at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Vice-President is not subjected to any such benefits during his or her tenure.

Also Read: Here’s all you need to know about the Vice-President of India election

10:40 AM

In Pictures | Voting underway for VP election:

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#VicePresidentialElection: PM Narendra Modi cast his vote.

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Voting underway for #VicePresidentialElection in Parliament; MPs cast their vote

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Delhi: Voting underway for #VicePresidentialElection in Parliament.

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10:10 AM

Here’s what the Opposition’s VP candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi​ said ahead of polling.

“NDA’s candidate is an experienced person, no competition as such between us, only technically there is. It is a fight based on constitutional principles, where I maintained complete civility and the same has been done from the other side too.”

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Can’t call it 1 sided as there were 2 candidates,Meiraji got a lot of votes but only one emerges as winner:Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Pres polls

10:14 AM – Aug 5, 2017
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10:00 AM

Let the polls begin!

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#Delhi: NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament to cast vote #VicePresidentialElection

10:02 AM – Aug 5, 2017
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#VicePresidentialElection: MPs arrive to cast their votes in Parliament.

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09:45 AM

Ahead of the polls, NDA’s Vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu said, “I am a non-party man. Majority of parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in election. I am not contesting against anybody, individual or party, I’m contesting for Vice President of India. I am known to all members of Parliament and they are known to me, that is why I’m not even campaigning.” 

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I have written a polite letter to everybody, response is very good.Confident that they all will support me:NDA’s VP candidate Venkaiah Naidu

9:42 AM – Aug 5, 2017
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