Zee Media Bureau
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the presidential elections to be held on July 30, reports said.
Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan had scheduled the poll date for August 6.
Pakistan’s apex court’s decision came after PML-N chairman Raja Zafarul Haq filed a petition seeking preponing the date of presidential poll.
The PML (N) leader contended that the date should be changed as many parliamentarians will proceed for Umrah and observe Aitakaf in the third Ashra of Ramadanul Mubarak, reported Pakistani news website the Nation.
The SC order on changing of polls date was decided by a three member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
As per the apex court order, the nomination papers’ scrutiny would be held on 26th July and the the last date to withdraw the nomination is July 27.
The court has also ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to firm up the final list of candidates on the date of withdrawal of nomination.
Pakistani political parties have nominated their candidates for the upcoming presidential elections with the ruling party`s candidate seen as the front-runner.
The court also ordered the election commission to final list of candidates on the date of the withdrawal of candidature.
President Asif Ali Zardari`s term expires in early September.