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ECP Proposes Dates for GE 2018

Islamabad(May  21, 2018): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday sent a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain, proposing three dates for the upcoming general elections.

The commission has proposed three dates from 25th July to 27th July to the president to decide on which date the next polls are to be held, according to a statement issued by the ECP today.

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On May 17, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had said that the date for General Elections 2018 will be announced after mutual consultation, an hour after its website mentioned July 31 as the date for the conduct of polls.

“The date and schedule of elections is not something to be hidden,” Altaf Hussain, a spokesman for the ECP  said. He said that an “empty link was put on the ECP website.”Previously, sources informed said that the ECP had recommended that the 2018 elections be held by the end of July. According to sources, ECP officials had been pondering over July 25 or 26 (Wednesday or Thursday) as tentative dates for the conduct of polls.

The ECP had already started working on the summary for elections date, sources said earlier this month, which would be forwarded to the president. Following an approval of the summary by the president, they said further, the ECP would issue a schedule for polls.The incumbent government is expected to conclude its five-year term on May 31, after which the caretaker government will take over to oversee the general elections.

As per the Constitution of Pakistan, the caretaker prime minister is appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the opposition leader in the National Assembly.

Both the premier and the opposition leader then present names of three nominees each from which the consensus candidate is appointed as the caretaker prime minister.

The prime responsibility of the caretaker government is to ensure that the elections are held in a transparent manner and the basic functions of the government continue without an elected setup in place.

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