India got 13th Vice-President – Venkaiah Naidu

M Venkaiah Naidu who is the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate declared as India’s 13th Vice President. Venkaiah received 516 votes. He defeated the opposition candidate former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi who got only 244 votes. In total there are 790 seats in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha but 785 people participated in Vice-Presidential voting 2017. Venkaiah Naidu came from a family of an ordinary farmer. He is 68-year-old.

How Vice-President elected?

  • The Vice-President of India is elected by the members of of both Houses of Parliament i.e. Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.
  • The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha can also participate in the election.

Election Process

  • The value of each vote in the Vice-Presidential election is one.
  • Ballot paper, containing names of the contesting candidate , is used for the election.
  • The ballot paper doesn’t contain any party symbol.
  • Ballot paper has two columns — one column contains the name of the candidate and the second shows the preference order.
  • As per the number of contesting candidates, the voters can mark as many preferences (e.g. 1,2,3,4,5…) against the names of the candidates as they want.
  • The winning candidate has to get a required quota of votes i.e. 50% of the total valid votes +1. For instance, if 790 valid votes are polled, the quota will be 790/2+1= 396.
  • If a candidate grabs 396 first preference votes in the first round of counting, she/he will be the winner.

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