ISLAMABAD: Vote count to elect the 13th president of Pakistan for the next five years is underway in the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies – collectively known as the electoral college of Pakistan.
PTI candidate Dr Arif Alvi has been declared victorious from National, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies. Alvi bagged 45 votes in Balochistan where 60 out of 61 members took part in the voting process. Fazlur Rehman received 15 votes while Aitzaz received none.
The PTI leader received 212 votes in the National Assembly while Aitzaz Ahsan got 81 votes. Fazl managed to get 31 votes.
Alvi received 78 votes in KP Assembly whereas Faz bagged 26 votes. Aitzaz Ahsan managed to get five votes. Two votes were cancelled and 111 MPAs exercised their voting right in the 112-member KP Assembly.
In Sindh Assembly, Aitzaz Ahsan received 100 votes while Dr Arif Alvi got 56 votes. Fazlur Rehman bagged one vote. In Punjab Assembly, 351 votes were cast out of 354.
The election was a three-way fight between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Arif Alvi, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan and joint Opposition candidate Maulana Fazlur Rehman.
The tenure of outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain will end on September 8 and he had declined for a re-election.
Polling stations were set up in the Parliament House and the four provincial assemblies where the NA, Senate members and MPAs took part in the voting process. Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan served as the Returning Officer.
The ECP barred the members from carrying mobile phones with them at the time of voting. Moreover, personnel of Rangers and FC were deployed around the Parliament House and the buildings of the provincial assemblies. The polling begun at 10am and continued till 4pm.