New Delhi, Aug 7 (ANI): Voting to elect India's 14th Vice President will take place on Tuesday with UPA nominee Mohammad Hamid Ansari having a definite edge over NDA's candidate Jaswant Singh.
Voting will be held in Parliament House between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the poll.
The incumbent Vice President Hamid Ansari completes his tenure on Friday.
UPA's vice presidential candidate Ansari has the committed support of the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), CPM, National Conference and several others.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) is also expected to vote for Hamid Ansari.
Jaswant Singh has the support of the BJP, the Janata Dal-United, the Shiv Sena, the Akali Dal, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and several other smaller parties.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha has announced that it would abstain from voting in the vice-presidential election.
The Vice President is elected through a direct ballot with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members (including nominated) comprising the electoral college.
A total of 790 MPs are eligible to cast their votes today to elect the 14th Vice President.(ANI)