Elections 2013: Election Commission issues election schedule

Published: March 22, 2013

Candidates can file nomination papers with the returning officer from March 24-29. PHOTO: ONLINE/ FILE

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued the schedule for general elections 2013 on Friday, Express News reported.

According to the schedule, the returning officer will issue a public notice by March 23 and candidates can file nomination papers with the returning officer from March 24-29.

The ECP directed officers of the Election Commission and the returning officers to keep offices open on March 23 and 24.

Scrutiny of the candidates will be done from March 30 to April 5.

From April 6 to 9, the candidates and their opponents can file appeals, which will be reviewed by the tribunals until April 16.

Any candidate can be disqualified from contesting the elections until April 17 and final list of candidates, who will be contesting the elections, will be issued on March 18. Following that, the ECP has allotted 22 days to the election candidates for the election campaign and general elections 2013 will be held on May 11.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 22, 2013 - 8:56PM

    I would appreciate if the Election Commission should issue guidelines for the information of the general public through electronic and print media, as who can contest election and who cannot?

    This will not only provide basis information, but it will also help the voters to make up their minds.

    A comprehensive list of all polling stations would be necessary so that people residing at an particular area should know where they have to go and cast their votes.

    Furthermore, the ECP should also advice to the voters as if old NIC’s would also be valid or not?

    Or only a person having a CNIC would be eligible to cast his/her vote in 2013 elections.

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  • Ibrahim Shah
    Mar 22, 2013 - 9:27PM

    At proof read your breaking news. Its 18 April in the end not 18 march

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  • Bilal Khan
    Mar 22, 2013 - 9:41PM

    Time for CHANGE has arrived

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  • Iqra
    Mar 22, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Mistake:
    …..who will be contesting the elections, will be issued on March 18 <— it should be April 18!!

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  • Sahrish
    Mar 22, 2013 - 10:06PM

    True Iqra I was trying to correct the same mistake.

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  • Mazhar Mughal
    Mar 22, 2013 - 10:39PM

    One week for verifying nomination papers? Is it a joke with the nation? Checking the veracity of tax declarations, incomes and assets, degrees and criminal records of tens of thousands of candidates in so few a days is not humanly possible. What is therefore going to happen (and what is probaly desired by this act in the first place) is not to allow the ECP any time to properly scrutinize the applications and let all the fraudsters, crooks and criminals pass through. This clear election rigging immediately needs to be challenged in courts.

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  • confused
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:35AM

    @Mazhar Mughal:
    ECP made the schedule…

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  • Jehangir Mari
    Mar 23, 2013 - 12:46AM

    Only SIX days for the scrutiny of nomination papers – FREE & FAIR elections ?? Where is Tahir – ul – Qadri??

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  • Fighter
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:22AM

    May12 2013 – Imran Khan becomes the P.M of Pakistan.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 23, 2013 - 8:41AM

    Six days are enough for scrutiny of candidates. We “the voters” should also feel some responsibilty and vote only good people. Leaving everything on election commssion is not a mature attitude.

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  • Mar 25, 2013 - 6:30PM

    I think that elections 2013 would be with honesty.All parties show their responsibility and held the elections 2013 fix time.(Hashimkhan village bhallartop).Recommend

  • Hannan Durrani
    Mar 27, 2013 - 5:13PM

    hope these elections can bring a possitve change in Pakistan and its the responsibilty of every citizen to cast their votes.

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