Thursday, March 21, 2013

General election on May 11

 summary, calling for the announcement of election date, was signed by President Asif Ali Zardari.ISLAMABAD — General elections in Pakistan will be held on May 11, the Presidency announced on Wednesday.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) promptly followed it up to announce the election schedule I beginning with filing of nomination papers from March 25 and announcement of final list of candidates on April 19 leaving them 21 days for campaigning.
A bipartisan parliamentary committee, in the meanwhile, began deliberations in Islamabad to name the interim premier out of four names proposed, two each, by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. In case of deadlock, the committee will send two names to the ECP for final selection by March 24.
“The president received a summary from the government asking him to announce a suitable date for the election, so the president announced today that general elections to the National Assembly will be held on May 11,” spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
The presidential announcement referred only to the National Assembly while elections for provincial assemblies are also likely to be held the same day for which the respective governors would make appropriate announcement. Chief ministers of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan have already dissolved their assemblies while Punjab may follow soon to lead to the announcement of election date.
The election day will fall on Saturday and is 52 days away from today.
Pakistan’s current setup was the country’s first civilian administration since independence to complete its full term.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set March 25-31 as the timeframe for the collection of nomination papers for the general elections. Scrutiny of papers will take seven days from March 23 till April 6.
From April 7, appeals against objections raised on nomination papers would be filed while candidates can withdraw the papers till April 18.
On April 19, the final list of candidates would be issued which would be 22 days prior to the polling date.
The election will mark the first time that an elected civilian government hands over to another in the nuclear-armed country of 180 million, which has seen three military coups and four military rulers.

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