(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 VicePresident 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.

Debate Summary

Article 55 (5) to (6), Draft Constitution 1948

(5) 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.

(6) 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 such vacancy shall be entitled to hold office for the full term of five years as provided in article 56 of this Constitution.

 

The Draft Article (Article 68, Constitution of India 1950) was debated on  28th December 194829th December 1949 and 13th October 1949. It regulated the vacancy of the Vice-President’s office.

There was no debate on the Draft Article 55 (5) to (6). All the discussions were related to Draft Article 55 (1) to (4). During later stages, the Drafting Committee decided to have a separate article that dealt with the vacancy of the Vice-President’s office.

The Draft Article was adopted along with Draft Article 55 (1) to (4).