Gen­eral elec­tions in Pak­istan to be held on May 11

Par­lia­men­tary body sets code of con­duct for care­taker PM

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The date for the gen­eral elec­tions has been an­nounced and Pak­istani’s will head to polling sta­tions on May 11. The elec­tion day will fall on a Satur­day. Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari on Mon­day signed the sum­mary for the elec­tion date which was sent Prime Min­is­ter Raja Per­vaiz Ashraf.

Ac­cord­ing to pres­i­den­tial spokesman Farhat­ul­lah Babar, the prime min­is­ter had ad­vised the pres­i­dent to an­nounce a suit­able date for hold­ing gen­eral elec­tions to the Na­tional As­sem­bly in terms of Ar­ti­cle 48 (1) of the con­sti­tu­tion with the rel­e­vant statu­tory pro­vi­sions.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of Pak­istan (ECP) has set March 25-31 as the time­frame for the col­lec­tion of nom­i­na­tion pa­pers for the gen­eral elec­tions. Ac­cord­ing to the ECP, nom­i­na­tion pa­pers of can­di­dates will be scru­ti­nized from 23 March till April 6. From April 7, ap­peals against reser­va­tions raised on nom­i­na­tion pa­pers would be filed while can­di­dates can with­draw nom­i­na­tion pa­pers till April 18.

On April 19, the fi­nal list of

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee for ap­point­ment of care­taker Prime Min­is­ter in its first meet­ing has set code of con­duct for the care­taker PM. The Com­mit­tee mem­bers agreed that the can­di­date for the slot should be im­par­tial‚ man of in­tegrity‚ has ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pe­ri­ence‚ has no po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion and en­joys good rep­u­ta­tion. Talk­ing to news­men af­ter the meet­ing‚ its mem­bers Syed Khur­shid Shah‚ Sar­dar Me­htab Khan Ab­basi and Fa­rooq H. Naek said in Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing names of two can­di­dates came un­der dis­cus­sion. They are re­tired Jus­tice Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and Ra­sool Bakhsh Paleejo. Mer­its of other can­di­dates would come un­der dis­cus­sion in the meet­ing of the Com­mit­tee Thurs­day (to­day). PPP’s Syed Khur­shid Shah said that to­day the Com­mit­tee framed its rules which pro­vide that its quo­rum will be 5 mem­bers and de­ci­sion will be taken with two-third ma­jor­ity of 6 mem­bers. He said Chair­man of the Com­mit­tee would be on ro­ta­tional ba­sis. Haji Ghu­lam Ah­mad Bilour was elected Chair­man for Wed­nes­day’s meet­ing while to­mor­row the Chair­man would be from op­po­si­tion side. Former Law Min­is­ter Fa­rooq H. Naek said the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mit­tee‚ in its first meet­ing‚ held se­ri­ous de­lib­er­a­tion on the is­sue of ap­point­ment of care­taker Prime Min­is­ter. He said the Com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing the two names pro­posed by the Prime Min­is­ter and Leader of the Op­po­si­tion for the pur­pose and it does not have any power to pro­pose any other name. Fa­rooq Naek said the com­mit­tee is try­ing its level best to evolve con­sen­sus on any of the two names for ap­point­ment as care­taker Prime Min­is­ter. can­di­dates would be is­sued which would be 22 days prior to the gen­eral elec­tions be­ing held. Can­di­dates would be given 21 days form elec­tion cam­paign­ing.

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