ECP prepares for Pakistan's presidential polls

05:28 PM | 1 Aug, 2018
ECP prepares for Pakistan's presidential polls
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ISLAMABAD - The Election Commission of Pakistan has begun preparations for presidential election as President Mamnoon Hussain is going to leave the office next month, according to ECP officials.

A five-year term of the incumbent head of the state is set to expire on September 9. According to the Constitution, the presidential election must be held at least a month prior to the expiry of the incumbent's term, which in this case would be August 8.

However, the polls for the next head of the state are likely to be held in the first week of September, since neither the National nor the provincial assemblies are functional as yet ─ and will likely not be up and running until at least August 10.

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According to the Constitution of Pakistan, the indirect election to the office of the President is held no earlier than 60 days and no later than 30 days before the expiration of the term of the incumbent President. If the presidential election cannot be held because the National Assembly has been dissolved, it is to be held within 30 days of the general election to the National Assembly.

The ECP will issue the final schedule for the presidential elections after the national and provincial legislatures have formed and taken their oaths, the sources added.

Members elected to the national and provincial assemblies will vote in the presidential elections.