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ECP receives govt request to reschedule presidential elections

Updated July 19, 2013
Election Commission of Pakistan. — File Photo
Election Commission of Pakistan. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan's Secratariat on Friday opposed the request submitted by the government seeking a re-schedule of the presidential elections, DawnNews reported.

The federal government's law ministry had written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan asking for change in the announced schedule for holding presidential elections in the country.

The letter had said that the announced presidential elections were falling in the last ten days of Ramzaan, when most of the lawmakers would be busy performing Umrah or sitting in Aitekaf.

The letter further said that keeping in light the engagements of the lawmakers the announced schedule should be changed.

The election commission confirmed that the letter was received from the government.

The commission's secretariat rejected the request for a change in schedule and sent its summary to Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim for the final decision over the matter.

Presidential elections would be held on Aug 6, according to the schedule announced by the ECP.