Besides Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, several union ministers as also leaders of UPA allies are expected to be the proposers and seconders
of Mukherjee's candidature.
And let us not forget that many of the Cabinet are Seconders
(or Thirders, or even unto Fivers, in certain cases).
Only members of parliament and provincial assemblies can be proposer and seconder
for candidates for the office of president who should be Muslim by faith, not be less than 45 years of age and should fulfill qualifications laid down in Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.
The proposers and seconders
of the Presidential candidates must bring their identity cards issued by National Assembly or Senate during the scrutiny process, said a press release.
The National Assembly speaker in the presence of proposers and seconders
of the candidates scrutinized the nomination papers of both the leaders.
Several candidates had filed the petitions against the rejection of their nomination papers by returning officers on the basis of having proposers and seconders
outside their respective constituencies.
A full bench headed by Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh was hearing several petitions moved by candidates against rejection of their nomination papers by returning officers on the basis of having proposers and seconders
from other constituencies.
The law of the land doesnt require a candidate to have done anything for a constituency and Pakistani citizens can contest elections from anywhere in the country only their Proposers and Seconders
have to be from the constituency in question.
MCA Disciplinary Board chairman Tan Sri Chor Chee Heung said seven of them were sacked for standing as candidates for rival parties and as independents in the 14th general election (GE14), while the remaining five for becoming proposers and seconders
to the candidates.
This he said while talking to media at Election Commission of Pakistan, Karachi where he led PPP candidates, their proposers and seconders
for filing nomination papers for Senate election.
The nomination of a candidate for election to the office of the President must be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 electors as seconders
. The election is held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote method.
It is not clear how many proposers and seconders
are needed for sponsoring a nomination and who shall be such proposers and seconders