Presidential election to take place on Aug 6

Published July 16, 2013
— File Photo
— File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan announced on Tuesday that presidential elections would take place before Eid-ul-Fitr on August 6, DawnNews reported.

A proposed schedule of the presidential poll was sent to CEC Jutice (r) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, who gave final approval, the election commission said.

According to the approved schedule, the nomination forms would be submitted on July 24.

The scrutiny of the forms would conclude on July 26 whereas the last day to withdraw candidacy would be July 29.

The list of candidatures would also be issued on July 29.

Election for the position of President would take place on August 6 whereas the results would be announced the next day on August 7.

Earlier on Monday Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that President Asif Ali Zardari would not resign before the end of his tenure nor would he contest for a second term of presidency.

The tenure of incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari officially ends at September 8.

Moreover the leader of opposition in the National Assembly and senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Khurshid Shah expressed his party's reservations over the election schedule and said that the commission should have conducted by-elections and completed the electoral college before the presidential election takes place.

In other related news the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) announced that it would also nominate its candidate for the presidential race.

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