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Presidential election to be held on September 4, announces ECP

August 16, 2018

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The election of the president will be held on September 4, the Election Commission of Pakistan announced Thursday.

The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies.

The candidates can file their nominations papers on August 27 and the papers will be scrutinised by the Returning Officer on August 29. The candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by August 30.

President Mamnoon Hussain’s term is going to end on September 9.

The Constitution says that the election of the president must be held at least a month before the incumbent’s term comes to an end, but the election could not be held on August 9 as the national and provincial assemblies were not functional by then.

Schedule for presidential election

August 27, until 12pm: Filing of nomination papers with presiding officers in Islamabad, and with each PO in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.

August 29, at 10am: Scrutiny of nomination papers by Returning Officer in Islamabad.

August 30, until 12pm: Withdrawal of candidate before RO in Islamabad.

September 4, 10am to 4pm: Polling day. Elections will take place at Parliament House, Islamabad; Provincial Assembly Building, Lahore; Provincial Assembly Building, Karachi; Provincial Assembly Building, Peshawar; and the Provincial Assembly Building, Quetta.


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