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Constitution of 1956


Part 13: Temporary and Transitional Provisions

This part listed the steps required to bring the Constitution into force and install the President. The "Constitution Day" mentioned in this part was eventually fixed on 23 March 1956.

Part 13: Temporary and Transitional Provisions

Article 222

(1) As soon as may be after the National Assembly has been constituted after the first general election held for the purposes of that Assembly, the Chief Election Commissioner shall take the steps necessary for the election of a President under Article 32.

(2) The Constituent Assembly shall, in accordance with the provisions contained in the Sixth Schedule, elect a person to serve as President until such time as a President elected under Article 32 has entered upon his office, and the election shall take place within thirty days of the coming into force of this Article, on a day fixed by the Constitutent Assembly.

(3) A person shall not be qualified for election as President under this Article unless he is a citizen of Pakistan and has attained the age of forty years.

(4) The Constituent Assembly shall fix a day to be the Constitution Day, and the person elected as president under this Article shall, after taking an oath or affirmation in the form set out in paragraph 1 of the Second Schedule enter upon his office on that day.

Source: Documents and Speeches on the Constitution of Pakistan
By G. W. Choudhury (1967). Green Book House, Dacca (East Pakistan)

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