Islamabad  -  With less than a month left to expire President Mamnoon Hussain’s term, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday issued schedule for presidential election to be held on September 4.

President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term 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 should have been held on August 8.

Holding a presidential election on August 8 was out of the question, since neither the national nor the provincial assemblies were functional then.

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

Voting for the presidential election is held through a secret ballot.

According to the ECP, nomination papers will be filed with presiding officers in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta up to 12 p.m. at 27th of this month.

Scrutiny of nomination papers by returning officer in Islamabad will be held at 10am on 29th of this month while candidates can withdraw their nomination papers in the federal capital up to 12pm on the next day.

Polling will commence from 10am and continue till 4 pm at the Parliament House Islamabad and the provincial assemblies in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta.




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