Election Commission affirms Musharraf as elected president of Pakistan

The election Commission of Pakistan ratified Saturday the election of Pervez Musharraf for a second 5-year term, clearing the way for the general to become a civilian leader, a spokesman said. "We have issued a notification about the success of Pervez Musharraf in the presidential election," said Kanwar Dilshad, spokesman for the Election Commission of Pakistan. Musharraf was chosen by Pakistan's parliament for a new term in October, but the country's Supreme Court had put a hold on the results after receiving a number of complaints from rival candidates who argued that the constitution banned military officers from contesting presidential ballots.