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PPP’s stance on new presidential election schedule[1]

[Posted on : 2013-07-25 by Abdul Wahab] Calling it a one-sided decision, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) presidential candidate Raza Rabbani said the court order deprives him of his right to campaign across Pakistan.<br /> <br /> Flanked by Amin Faheem and Aitzaz Ahsan, Rabbani held a press conference in Islamabad.<br /> <br /> He said with only two days left for campaigning, he won’t be able to travel to all the four provincial capitals to convince the electorates.<br /> <br /> Rabbani said the apex court should have heard all the stakeholders before issuing this order.

ECP issues new presidential election schedule[2]

[Posted on : 2013-07-25 by Abdul Wahab] The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued a new schedule for the presidential election following orders of the Supreme Court to hold polls on July 30.<br /> <br /> According to the new schedule, scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on July 26 and July 27 has been set as the date to withdraw nomination papers.<br /> <br /> The final list of candidates will also be available on July 27. The printing of ballot papers will be completed by July 28 and the papers will be distributed on July 29.<br /> <br /> Polling on July 30 will be held from 10 AM till 3 PM.<br /> <br /> Members of the National and provincial assemblies along with senators will take part in the polling. The new president will be sworn in after the tenure of President Asif Ali Zardari expires on September 8.

Presidential elections to be held on July 30: SC[3]

[Posted on : 2013-07-25 by Abdul Wahab] The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to review July 30 as a day for presidential elections if there were no legal obstacles. <br /> <br /> The ECP said it would have no problem with a date decided by the supreme court. According to the ECP, the final decision should be made by the court.<br /> <br /> A three member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was formed to hear a petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) senator Raja Zafarul Haq.<br /> <br /> Haq had filed the petition in the Supreme Court on June 23 to seek an earlier date for the presidential election as the ECP had refused to postpone it.<br /> <br /> The petitioner had prayed to the court to direct the ECP to change the date of the presidential election from August 6 to July 30.<br /> <br /> Earlier the ECP had stated that it was not constitutionally possible to hold early elections.

Election to the office of the President[4]

[Posted on : 2013-07-25 by Abdul Wahab] The President of Pakistan is chosen by a secret ballot through an Electoral College comprising the Members of the Senate, National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies. A person who is a Muslim and not less than 45 years of age and is qualified to be elected as a Member of the National Assembly can contest the Presidential election. The President is elected for a term of 5 years. It is the duty of Chief Election Commissioner to conduct elections to the office of the President in a special session of Parliament and all the Provincial Assemblies in accordance with the provisions of Second Schedule to the Constitution.

References :

[1] - http://tribune.com.pk/story/581281/presidential-elections-sc-asks-ecp-to-reconsider-july-30-as-election-date/

[2] - http://www.geo.tv/article-110786-ECP-issues-new-presidential-election-schedule-

[3] - http://tribune.com.pk/story/581281/presidential-elections-sc-asks-ecp-to-reconsider-july-30-as-election-date/

[4] - http://elections.com.pk/contents.php?i=8#President

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