Competitive Exams: Political Science Study Material Election of VP

Election of VP

  • The Vice-President is elected by an electoral college consisting of all the members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sab. Ha_ (including nominated ones), through proportional representation by means of a single transferable vote. Removal
  • The Vice-President could be removed from his office by a resolution of the Rajya Sabha passed by an effective majority and agreed to by the Lok Sabha. Effective majority
  • This is more than fifty per cent of the effective strength of the House (vacancies are not taken into account). In other words, the effective strength of the House is total strength of the House minus the number of vacancies. In case of Rajya Sabha (total strength 245), if there are 15 vacancies, 230 shall be the effective strength and more than 50 % of this i.e.. 230 or more is called effective majority. Removal of the Vice-President of India requires ‘effective majority’ for passage of such a resolution to this effect [Art. 67 (b) ].
  • President shall be decided by the Supreme Court whose decision will be final.
  • If the election of the Vice-President is declared null and void by the Court, the acts done by them in performance of their duties shall not be invalidated by the reason of that declaration.
  • The Parliament has the power to regulate matters relating to the election of the Vice-President.
  • The election of a person as the Vice-President shall not be questioned on the ground of the existence of any vacancy among the members of the electoral college.
  • The salary of the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha is Rs. 40, 000/-per month according to the Act of Parliament, 1998.