Notification for vice president election issued
The Election Commission on Monday issued a notification formally setting in motion the process for the August 10 Vice Presidential poll to elect a successor to Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
With the issuance of notification, the filing of nominations for the poll began on Monday and will go till July 23.
While the scrutiny of nominations will take place on July 24, the last date for the withdrawal of candidature will be on July 26.
Counting of votes would also take place on August 10 evening, the same day of polling.
The election is being held close on the heels of the Presidential poll on July 19 where Shekhawat is locked up in a straight fight with UPA-Left nominee Pratibha Patil.
The electoral college for the poll consists of a total of 790 Members of Parliament, including 543 members of the Lok Sabha and 233 from the Rajya Sabha. Twelve nominated members from the Rajya Sabha and two from the Lok Sabha are also voters in the poll.
Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha has been appointed as the Returning Officer for the poll.
Shekhawat's term ends on August 18.
The names of West Bengal Governor Gopal Gandhi and Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Mushirul Hasan are doing the rounds in the political circles as possible candidates of the UPA-Left for the Vice Presidential election.