Islamabad, Aug 16: The presidential election in Pakistan will be held on September 4, the country’s poll body announced on Thursday. According to the schedule issued by the Election Commission, nomination papers for the presidential polls can be filed with the presiding officers in Islamabad and the four provinces by August 27, Geo News reported.Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: West Bengal Government Declares September 30 As a Public Holiday In View of Scheduled Elections
President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term is set to expire on September 9. The President is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot. Also Read - Pak PM Imran Khan Bats for Taliban, Says Incentivise Them on Women's Rights, Inclusive Govt
Scrutiny of the nomination papers will be conducted on August 29. Candidature can be withdrawn by 12 noon on August 30. The list of validated candidates will be published the same day at 1 p.m., the poll body said. (Also read: Imran Khan Apologises to Pak EC in Poll Code Violation Case) Also Read - Don't Need Lessons From 'Failed State': India Hits Out at Pak, OIC For Raising Kashmir Issue at UNHRC
Voting will be held in the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 4.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan swearing-in will take place on August 18. In its report, Geo TV mentioned that Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has postponed his foreign tours for the time being to remain present in the country to administer the oath of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Pakistan went to polls on July 25 and the PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats after the Election Commission of Pakistan released the complete results for 270 of 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which won 64 seats came second, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) bagged 43 seats and finished third.
The election was marred by tedious counting, violence and allegations of rigging by major political parties, including the PML-N and PPP. The opposition parties had rejected the results and demanded a transparent re-election. The PTI has claimed that it had enough numbers to form the government at the centre in coalition with other smaller parties. The party on Monday formally announced Khan as the new Pakistan Prime Ministerial candidate. Local media also said that from India, cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu had been invited for the oath-taking ceremony.