AJK president to be elected on Aug 16

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MIRPUR (AJK), Aug 1 (APP): The revised schedule of Election to the new President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir State would be held on August 16.

According to the AJK Election Commission, polling for the election of President would be held on August 16, instead of August 15.

The schedule for election to the AJK President has been changed because of observance of India’s Independence Day on August 15 as Black Day by Kashmiris throughout the world.

Members of both houses of the AJK Parliament including the newly elected AJK Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council, would elect the new President of AJK State for next five-year.

The stipulated constitutional term of the sitting AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan is being ended on August 24, 2016.

According to the schedule, nomination papers for office of the AJK President could be filed in the office of the Chief Election Commissioner AJK (Returning Officer) in his office at House No. 1, Near AJK Legislative Assembly, in Muzaffarabad, on August 11, 2016 from 10.00 a.m to 12.00 noon.

While the scrutiny of the nomination papers would be held the same day after 12.00 noon. The candidates could withdraw the nomination papers the next day – August 12, 2016 by 12.00 noon.

Polling will be held on August 16, 2016 between 10.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m at the Lodging Hall of AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.

According to an official notification Secretary AJK Election Commission Mian Naeem Ullah will perform as Presiding Officer in the scheduled election to the AJK President.