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Mar
20

zardari_presidentA general election would take place on May 11 for National Assembly seats, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said on Wednesday.

“The president received a summary from the government asking him to announce a suitable date for the election, so the president announced today that a general election to the National Assembly will be held on May 11,” Babar told AFP.

Elections will also be held for assemblies in Pakistan’s four provinces, but it was not immediately clear whether those polls will also be held on May 11.

A parliamentary committee has until Friday to select a candidate to head up a caretaker administration, which will formally steer the country towards the ballot box.

It was given the job after Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) failed to reach an agreement on a name by Tuesday.

Secretary of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said that the commission would announce the election schedule before 23 March.

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