Former union minister M Venkaiah Naidu is set to take on former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the post of vice-president of India on Saturday.
The winner of the polls will be appointed as the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
The term of incumbent Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10.
According to the Election Commission officials, the voting will begin on Friday at 10 am and will carry on till 5 pm The counting of votes will start at 7 pm and the result will be declared Saturday evening.
How Vice-President of India is elected:
1. The Vice- President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the 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. The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Electoral College and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election.