ISLAMABAD, President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday has approved July 25, 2018, as the date for the general elections in Pakistan, state owned Radio Pakistan announced.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had sent a summary to the president recommending setting a date for the next general elections between July 25 and 27.
President Mamnoon signed the summary approving that the general elections for the national and four provincial assemblies will be held on July 25.
The five-year constitutional term of the National Assembly and the provincial assembly of Punjab province will end on May 31 while the assemblies of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces will complete their terms on May 28.
After the completion of the term, a caretaker setup will be installed to the federal and the provinces till the new elections.
The name of the caretaker prime minister for the interim period is to be finalized jointly by the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah.
There has been a deadlock between the two leaders during past five meetings on the issue. If this deadlock continued to persist till Monday, the Speaker of National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq will then form an eight-member parliamentary committee to decide a name of the caretaker premier. The name of the caretaker prime minister will be selected by the ECP if the parliamentary committee also failed to decide the name.
A total of 105.95 million voters in the country will exercise their right to vote during the elections
Source: Kuwait News Agency