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Pakistan parties file nomination papers for presidency
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15:55, August 26, 2008

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Pakistani parties on Tuesday submitted their nomination papers to the election commission for the upcoming presidential election scheduled on Sept. 6.

The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) submitted the nomination paper of its Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, widower of assassinated former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominated former Supreme Court chief justice Saeed-uz-zaman Siddiqui as candidate after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif quit the coalition and sat on the opposition bench on Monday.

The former ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) nominated Senator Mushahid Hussain as its presidential candidate.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will scrutinize the papers till Aug. 28, and the candidates could withdraw papers till Aug. 30.

The final list of presidential candidates would be issued on Aug. 30.

The presidential election is scheduled on Sept. 6 after former President Pervez Musharraf resigned last week.

The electoral college for the presidential election includes the four provincial assemblies, the National Assembly and the Senate.


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