ARTICLE 66, 67, 68 OF CONSTITUTION OF INDIA 1949

How to conduct Election of Vice-President? What is Term of office of Vice-President? What is Time of holding election to fill vacancy in the office of Vice-President and the term of office of person elected to fill casual vacancy? Article 66, 67 and 68 of Constitution of India, 1949

Election of Vice-President, Term of office of Vice-President and Time of holding election to fill vacancy in the office of Vice-President and the term of office of person elected to fill casual vacancy are defined under Article 66, 67 and 68 of Constitution of India 1949. Provisions under these Articles are:

 

 

Article 66 of Constitution of India "Election of Vice-President"

(1) The Vice-President shall be elected by the members of an 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 and the voting at such election shall be by secret ballot.

(2) The Vice-President shall not be a member of either House of Parliament or of a House of the Legislature of any State, and if a member of either House of Parliament or of a House of the Legislature of any State be elected Vice-President, he shall be deemed to have vacated his seat in that House on the date on which he enters upon his office as Vice-President

(3) No person shall be eligible for election as Vice-President unless he-

(a) is a citizen of India;

(b) has completed the age of thirty-five years;

(c) is qualified for election as a member of the Council of States.

(4) A person shall not be eligible for election as Vice-President if he holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said Governments.

Explanation- For the purposes of this article, a person shall not be deemed to hold any office of profit by reason only that he is the President or Vice-President of the Union or the Governor of any State or is a Minister either for the Union or for any State.

Article 67 of Constitution of India "Term of office of Vice-President"

The Vice-President shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office:

Provided that -

(a) a Vice-President may, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign his office;

(b) a Vice-President may be removed from his office by a resolution of the council of States passed by a majority of all the then members of the council and agreed to by the House of the People; but no resolution for the purpose of this clause shall be moved unless at least fourteen days' notice has been given of the intention to move the reso

(c) a Vice-President shall, notwithstanding the expiration of his term, continue to hold office until his successor enters upon his office.

Article 68 of Constitution of India "Time of holding election to fill vacancy in the office of Vice-President and the term of office of person elected to fill casual vacancy"

(1) An election to fill a vacancy caused by the expiration of the term of office of Vice-President shall be completed before the expiration of the term.

(2) An election to fill a vacancy in the office of Vice-President occurring by reason of his death, resignation or removal, or otherwise shall be held as soon as possible after the occurrence of the vacancy, and the person elected to fill the vacancy shall, subject to the provisions of Article 67, be entitled to hold office for the full term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office.

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