General Elections 2018 tentative schedule revealed

General Elections 2018 tentative schedule revealed

ISLAMABAD: The 2018 general elections schedule has been tentatively revealed by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Elections will be held between July 25 and July 31, a private TV channel reported on Saturday, quoting officials from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), with the final list of candidates to be released 28 days prior to the polling day.

The candidates will thus get 28 days to run their campaigns instead of 21. The printing of ballot papers will also commence 28 days before the country goes to the polls.

The ECP officials said that the upcoming polls, per the constitution, must be held by July 31 under any circumstances. A final schedule is set to be released 60 days in advance, which should fall somewhere in the final week of May.

The commission, for the first time in Pakistan’s electoral history, will release a 55-day election schedule as opposed to the 48-day schedule that was the norm until now.

According to the ECP’s statistics, the number of registered voters in Pakistan, following the review of voter lists, has reached 104,267,581 – of which 58,463,228 are men and 45,804,353 women. The numbers indicate a widening gap in the ratio of male and female voters in the country.

ECP officials recalled that a deadline of April 30 was set for the registration, change, transfers, entry and exit of voters and the commission is now working on formulating electoral lists.