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Pakistan Court Revises Presidential Election

Mamnoon Hussain (3rd R), presidential candidate of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party, smiles as he submits his nomination papers for the upcoming presidential election at the High Court in Islamabad, July 24, 2013.
Pakistan's Supreme Court has revised the date of the country's presidential election, asking the election commission to hold the poll on July 30 instead of August 6.

The commission is expected to uphold the court revision.

In Pakistan, the president is elected by voting in the Senate, National Assembly and the assemblies of the four provinces.

The August 6 date would have prevented the participation of many lawmakers because it would have coincided with their religious duties during the holy month of Ramadan.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League - N candidate Mamnoon Hussain is widely expected to win the presidential vote.

President Asif Ali Zardari's term expires in September. He did not seek re-election.