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Uncertainty prevail over election date

09 May, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday suggested conducting general elections at the end of July, sources informed. Sources reported that the ECP was considering July 25th or 26th for the date of the elections.

The ECP has also started working on the schedule of elections which will then be forwarded to the President, sources added.

After the summary would be approved by the President, the ECP would issue a schedule for polls.

Reports also claimed that the Commission has set a period of four weeks between the submission of nomination papers and putting up the lists of final candidates.

The ECP has set a period of 8 days for careful examination of nomination papers, sources told the media.

The current government will complete its five year tenure on 31 May. The caretaker government will then govern the country until a new government is formed after the general elections.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday denied media reports claiming that the ECP had suggested holding the general elections at the end of July.

The ECP issued a statement declaring that it had neither fixed a date for the general elections, nor was it considering any date for finalisation.

Thus, the ECP termed all such speculation as unsubstantiated.

The statement quoted sources from a local news channel that reported on Tuesday that ECP officials had been considering July 25 or 26 as the tentative dates for the polls.

According to these sources, the Commission has started working on a comprehensive plan for an election date to be forwarded to the President for approval. After the president’s approval, the ECP would then issue a schedule for the polls.

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