It's official: Elections scheduled for May 11

Published: March 20, 2013
Polls scheduled for May 11, 2013. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Polls scheduled for May 11, 2013. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: General elections in Pakistan will be held on May 11, Express News reported on Wednesday.

A summary – calling for the announcement of election date – was signed by President Asif Ali Zardari.

“The president received a summary from the government asking him to announce a suitable date for the election, so the president announced today that general elections to the National Assembly will be held on May 11,” spokesman Farhatullah Babar told AFP.

The election day will fall on Saturday and is 52 days away from today.

Pakistan’s current setup was the country’s first civilian administration since independence to complete its full term.

The 13th National Assembly during its 50 regular sessions passed 134 bills, including 18 private members’ bills, over the course of 521 sittings. In the flurry of activity, the assembly witnessed historic changes, dramatic dialogue, and even crucial shortfalls.

The provincial assemblies in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were dissolved on March 19, while the Punjab Assembly is expected to follow suit today.

Poll schedule 

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that the final election schedule will be announced after March 23.

The process of collecting nomination papers will start from March 25 and will continue till March 30. All the potential candidates, who wish to contest the elections, must submit their nomination papers by March 30.

The ECP further stated that it has allocated seven days to analyse the nomination papers and will submit the final list of candidates, approved for upcoming elections, on April 19.

Any candidate who decides to withdraw from the elections can do so by April 18.

The ECP completed the printing of new nomination forms on March 14 following an intense wrangling with the law ministry regarding the new format of the forms that included additional columns about the financial and tax history of contestants. The law ministry had rejected the new format raising objections over most of the new columns inserted in the forms.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • Tanzeel
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:06PM

    I Like The Black Picture!


  • Salman Ahmed
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Game Begins now finally…


  • Salman Ahmed
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:12PM

    Game Begins now Finally, PTI will sweep In Sha Allah


  • AK47
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:19PM

    Elections on Saturday means no CHUTTI.


  • Sami
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:21PM

    Finally … taking time off from work …. booking a flight home …#PTI Naya Pakistan !!


  • Sami
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:30PM

    Finally … taking time off work … booking a flight home …# PTI Naya Pakistan !!


  • Polpot
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:52PM

    The visual for the ballot box looks very similar to a waste paper basket
    I hope you are not sending out a subliminal message.


  • hataf Shahab
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:57PM

    PPP and President Zardari should be commended for their commitment towards timely elections !


  • ikhlaas
    Mar 20, 2013 - 3:59PM

    time for pti has come


  • Adnan
    Mar 20, 2013 - 4:03PM

    My prediction on election results (not including 14 fata seats)

    PML(N) 102 ( KP 6; Punjab 80; Islamabad 1; Sind 10; Bal 5)
    PPP 64 ( KP 2; Punjab 25; Islamabad 0; Sind 34; Bal 3)
    PTI 62 ( KP 19; Punjab 35; Islamabad 1; Sind 2; Bal 5)
    MQM 25 ( All Sind)
    ANP 7 (KP 6 and Sind 1)
    PML (Q) 5 (All Punjab)
    JUI (F) 4 ( 2 each from KP & Bal)


  • Muhammad Asif
    Mar 20, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Naya Pakistan is under process and in sha allah we will see after 52 days. Go PTI Go whole nation with you. All the best PTI


  • agha
    Mar 20, 2013 - 4:48PM

    PTI all the way!! #NayaPakistan


  • Fahad
    Mar 20, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Save Pakistan ……Vote for PTI !!!!


  • engineer
    Mar 20, 2013 - 5:24PM

    pti will win INSHALLAH.


  • Blithe
    Mar 20, 2013 - 7:04PM

    The media cell for PTI is really desperate.

    Arif Alvi and his family seem to have run out of ideas and
    are just autogenerating the same message


  • Blithe
    Mar 20, 2013 - 7:16PM

    PTI will be lucky to get 20 of the 342 seats in parliament
    . Perversely , all he can do is help PPP by breaking League votes .


  • Mar 20, 2013 - 9:48PM

    let the game began.


  • Khurrum
    Mar 21, 2013 - 1:46AM

    Overseas Pakistani ? get to or not get to vote ???, what is happening


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