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Elections 2013: Election Commission issues election schedule  


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

In pursuance of the Orders of the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Governors of the Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan all dated 20th March, 2013,  appointing the date of poll for holding of General Elections to the National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies of the Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Balochistan as the 11th May, 2013, Article 224(1) of the Constitution read with Section 11 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 (Act No. LXXXV of 1976) and all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the Election Commission hereby calls upon the electors of the National Assembly Constituencies and the constituencies of the Provincial Assemblies of the Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to elect their representatives from each of these constituencies to the general seats and in connection therewith appoints the following dates for various activities of election to the aforesaid Assemblies:

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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  Public Noticeto be issued by the Returning Officers on



 Dates for filing of nomination papers with the Returning                    Officers by the candidates





   Dates forScrutiny of nomination papers by the Returning             Officers





 Last date for filing of appeals against decisions of the   Returning Officers rejecting/accepting the nomination papers



 Last date for deciding appeals by the Tribunals



 Last date for withdrawal of candidature



 Publication of revised list of candidates



 Polling day



2.               The above mentioned Programme shall also apply to the seats reserved for Women and non-Muslims in the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies of the Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

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