Pakistani political parties on Wednesday nominated their candidates for the upcoming presidential election, with the ruling party’s candidate seen as the front runner, officials and analysts said.

The election was originally scheduled to be held on August 6, but the Supreme Court accepted the ruling party’s request that the date be brought forward to July 30 to accommodate lawmakers travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage during the first week of August.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party nominated Mamnoon Hussain, a former governor of southern Sindh province, said Tariq Azeem, a party spokesman.

The term of the current President, Asif Ali Zardari, expires in early September.

Mr. Zardari’s Pakistan Peoples Party nominated senior politician Raza Rabbani for President on Wednesday.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by former cricket star Imran Khan, nominated a retired judge as its candidate for the post. — AP