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Pakistan to hold Presidential election on August 6

Pakistan will hold its Presidential election on August 6 to replace incumbent Asif Ali Zardari, who is not seeking a second term, officials said on Tuesday.

Mr. Zardari’s five-year term expires on September 8 and under Pakistani law, an election to chose a successor should be held no earlier than 60 days and no later than 30 days from that date.

The official schedule to elect the new President was announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), spokesman Khurshid Alam told DPA.

Candidates have until July 24 to submit their nominations. A list of the nominees will be announced on July 29.

Mr. Zardari’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said this week that the President would not contest.

Pakistan held a parliamentary election in May last.

The political parties who made it to Parliament have not announced their candidates. Any candidate put up by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to win.

Mr. Zardari replaced former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2008 and managed to serve a full term despite heavy criticism from the media and Opposition.

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