ISLAMABAD, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's election panel said on Wednesday that the schedule for the May 11 parliamentary polls will be announced on March 23 when Pakistan celebrates its republic day.
A spokesman of the Election Commission said that the candidates would submit their nomination papers from March 25 to March 30.
Scrutiny of nomination papers would begin on March 31 and last for seven days.
Candidates can withdraw their nomination papers by April 18 while final list of the contesting candidates would be published the following day.
The National Assembly was dissolved when its constitutional five-year term expired on March 16.
In view of a deadlock over the nomination of the caretaker Prime Minister, a parliamentary committee Wednesday started consultations to reach a consensus.
Former ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) rejected each other's proposed names for the interim Prime Minister.
Under the constitution, the parliamentary committee has to agree on one name for the caretaker Prime Minister within three days and if it fails to do so, the matter will automatically go to the Election Commission, which will have to finalize one name out of four.
The caretaker governments will be responsible for supervising the elections.