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7,335 candidates in field for Pakistan's elections
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08:01, December 18, 2007

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A total of 7,335 candidates are in the run for the national and provincial assemblies seats in Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections, the country's election commission announced here Monday.

The parliamentary elections are set for Jan. 8, 2008. A total of 2,252 candidates will contest on the 272 National Assembly seats in the 342-member house. The other seats will be filled with special seats for women and minorities.

Another 5,083 candidates will run for general seats of the four provincial assemblies.

Officials said that the publishing of ballot papers started Monday and the process would complete by Jan. 5. The election officials have also started dispatching polling materials to the local offices.

For the first time, transparent ballot boxes have been imported to avoid any rigging in the polls.

Source: Xinhua

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