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Pakistan presidential election on Sept 6

world Updated: Aug 22, 2008 19:38 IST

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Pakistan will hold a presidential poll on September 6 to choose a successor to Pervez Musharraf, who stepped down on Monday to avoid impeachment charges, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

"Presidential elections will be held on September 6. The nomination papers can be filed from August 26," Election Commission Secretary Kanwar Dilshad told reporters Islamabad.

The electoral college for the presidential poll comprises four provincial assemblies and two houses of Parliament -- the National Assembly and the Senate.

According to the Constitution, the presidential election has to be held within 30 days of the position falling vacant.

Dilshad said the nominations will be scrutinised by the Election Commission on August 28. The last date for withdrawing nominations will be August 30.

He said the polling will be held between 10 am and 3 pm in Parliament and the provincial assemblies.

A majority of lawmakers of the ruling PPP have backed party chief Asif Ali Zardari as their candidate for the poll though a final decision is expected to be made at a meeting of the party's central executive committee shortly.