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Presidential election: Last day today to submit nomination papers

Today marks the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers for the upcoming presidential election.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked candidates to file their nomination papers with presiding officers in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta till 12 noon.
The Chief Election Commissioner will conduct scrutiny of the nomination papers in Islamabad on Wednesday at 10am.
Candidates will have until Thursday, August 30 to withdraw their nomination papers, after which the final list will be made public on the same day.
Polling for the presidential election will be held on September 4.
The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly, and the four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot.
Opposition divided over fielding joint candidatePolitical parties in the opposition remain divided over fielding a joint candidate for the presidential election to contest against ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate Dr Arif Alvi.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which nominated Aitzaz Ahsan as its presidential candidate, is sticking to its choice and has rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s objections.
A meeting of leaders of both parties, held in the Parliament lodges late Sunday evening, remained inconclusive, sources said. The PML-N delegation included Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb and others. Khursheed Shah, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Mustafa Nawaz represented PPP in the meeting.
According to sources, PML-N suggested that it would support PPP leader and former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani for the slot.