Election for Lok Sabha Speaker to be held on June 26

Elections for the Lok Sabha Speaker will be held on June 26, with motions supporting candidates accepted until June 25. The current Speaker, Om Birla, holds the position until the election.

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Published13 Jun 2024, 07:50 PM IST

Elections for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker is slated to be held on June 26 — days after the newly elected lawmakers take oath. The 18th Lok Sabha will meet for the first time on June 24with the inaugural Session concluding on July 3. According to a notice shared by the Lok Sabha secretariat, notices for motions supporting candidates can be submitted till noon on June 25.

“In pursuance of sub-rule (1) of Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Business in Lok Sabha, the President has been pleased to fix Wednesday, the 26th June, 2024, for holding the election to the office of speaker, Lok Sabha,” read an excerpt from the official release.

The post is currently held by BJP MP Om Birla. He was unanimously elected in 2019 and currently serves in a caretaker capacity. Birla was re-elected to the Lower House of Parliament this month after contesting the Kota seat on a BJP ticket. 

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The Speaker is elected for a term of five years and considered a somewhat impartial figure. The top official is tasked with ensuing free and fair discussions on the floor of the House and upholding the ‘traditions of parliamentary democracy’.

There are no specific eligibility criteria for the role. Both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are elected from the Lok Sabha ranks by a simple majority of members present and voting in the House.

The post has gained additional importance this time around as the BJP finds itself at the helm of a coalition government. Unverified reports suggest that key  BJP allies — the Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party and Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) — are vying for the post.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:13 Jun 2024, 07:50 PM IST
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