Presidential elections proposed on August 6

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 1:09:56 by

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has suggested August 6 for the presidential elections, the ECP officials said on Tuesday.

The five-year constitutional term Zaradri, who was elected president in September 2008, will complete on September 8 this year. 

Elections for the President must be held one month before the expiry of the term of the incumbent President, according to Pakistani constitution.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has proposed August 6 for Presidential elections and the schedule has been sent to the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhrudin G Ibrahim for a final approval, officials said.

The Chief Election Commissioner has approved the schedule.

The Constitution says that the process of electing a president must begin at least 2 months, and elections to be conducted a month before the end of the President’s term.

Reports say that July 24 has been proposed for submission of nomination papers while scrutiny of the paper is scheduled to be held on July 26.

The National Assembly, Senate and four provincial assemblies are the Electoral College for the election of the President in Pakistan.

Presidential spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar says that President Zardari, will not seek the second term. He said that the President will complete his constitutional term and will not resign before time.

President Zardari is currently in Dubai on his private visit to meet his children and is likely to visit London later to meet his daughter who studies there.

The spokesman denied Pakistani media reports that the president will not return to the country before the election.

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