Peoples Party to boycott presidential election


LAHORE, July 28,2013 (Sumeera Riaz / UPI Next) — The Pakistan Peoples Party, which governed Pakistan before May’s elections, said Friday it would boycott Tuesday’s presidential election to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to move the election date up a week.

The Supreme Court July 24 ordered that presidential elections be held July 30, after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz — which won May’s voting — petitioned the court to reschedule presidential election originally set for Aug. 6 by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Voting in the presidential election is by members of the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies. The PML-N claimed it filed the petition because some parliamentarians will be in Saudi Arabia on pilgrimages and not return until after Aug. 9.

Senior PPP leader Qamar Zaman Kaira said his party had serious reservations about the Supreme Court’s decision because it has left the parties with no time to campaign for their candidates.

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