The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday validated six candidates including President Pervez Musharraf as candidates for the forthcoming residential elections, the official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.
After hearing arguments from all the sides, the ECP accepted the nomination papers of Musharraf and five other candidates, according to the APP report.
"All the 17 nomination papers of Pervez Musharraf are in order and are accepted," Chief Election Commissioner Justice Qazi Muhammad Farooq announced on Saturday.
Responding to the objections raised by lawyers for Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Amin Fahim, retired Justice Wajihudin Ahmed and Faryal Talpur, the lawyer of Musharraf Wasim Sajjad said that Musharraf was validated to hold dual office by the Supreme Court and the parliament till Nov. 15, 2007.
"And he has already announced to shed uniform soon after he is elected as President," Wasim Sajjad reiterated.
The ECP will formally announce the list of presidential candidates on Oct. 1. The six candidates are scheduled to contest the presidential elections due on Oct. 6.