The image shows presidential candidates Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed and Mamnoon Hussain. — Agencies
The image shows presidential candidates Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed and Mamnoon Hussain. — Agencies

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued the final list of candidates for the coming presidential election.

The July 30 polling will see a one-on-one contest between Mamnoon Hussain, candidate for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) and Justice (retd) Wajihuddin Ahmed of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI).

The ECP has also ordered the printing of ballot papers for the presidential election — 1500 ballot papers are to be printed for the occasion.

Twenty-three candidates had submitted their nomination papers from across the country for the presidential election, out of which only three were accepted. The nomination of Pakistan Peoples Party’s Raza Rabbani was also rejected after he failed to appear before the ECP following the PPP’s announcement to boycott the election.

Moreover, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of the PML-N, who was a covering candidate for Hussain, withdrew his nomination following the acceptance of the candidacy of his party’s primary nominee.

Jhagra said his party was working towards an arrangement to convince the PPP to end its boycott of the presidential election.

Earlier on Friday, the PPP announced its boycott of the election in protest against the advancing of polling date from Aug 6 to July 30.

The election was originally scheduled for Aug 6 but the PML-N challenged it in the Supreme Court on the grounds that a large number of members of the national and provincial assemblies and Senate would find it difficult to cast their vote because some of them would be in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and a number of others would be observing Aitekaf around that time.

The court in its first hearing on the petition ordered the ECP to change the date and hold it on July 30.


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Patriot
Jul 27, 2013 03:44pm

This episode further establishes the incompetency of the ECP. ECP had a window of 30 days (upto 60 days before expiry of the term of the incumbent president - the term ends on September 8, 2013). Without bothering to work out a more practicable date,

ECP strangely decided to hold election on August 6, well known to be during last 'ashra' (10 days) of Ramadan. So now you face the consequences as a result of ECP mismanagement in working out a suitable presidential election schedule.

Dilwer
Jul 27, 2013 09:39pm

Circus must go on.

Muhammad Younus Butt
Jul 27, 2013 10:50pm

Inn Shah Allah Mammon Hussain will be the next President of Pakistan.Congratulation in advance to him.My best prays for his success Good luck for Pakistan and its citizens.My first request to him to open my case of dispensation of my services under MARTIAL LAW REGULATION NO.52 in P.I.A IN 1981 An MLR effected Ex P.I.A staff Muhammad Younus Butt P-40239 Cell:03004021667

Sultan Alvi
Jul 27, 2013 10:51pm

The election was originally scheduled for Aug 6 but the PML-N challenged it in the Supreme Court on the grounds that a large number of members of the national and provincial assemblies and Senate would find it difficult to cast their vote because some of them would be in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra and a number of others would be observing Aitekaf around that time. This Umra and Aitekaf argument is a joke and a white lie. I wish our politicians were so honest and clean to have genuinely used this argument.

Further, The Election Commission should have provided some flexibility in the vote casting. Members could have cast their votes earlier and then gone for their Umra, etc.