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Pakistan to elect new President today

The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party’s candidate Arif Alvi is expected to win as the Opposition parties failed to field a joint candidate.

Election Commission of Pakistan has completed preparations for the election. 

Polling stations have been set up in all four provincial assemblies in addition to the National Assembly. Outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain’s tenure ends on Saturday. He had declined for re-election to a second 5-year term. 

Apart from Alvi, the Pakistan Peoples Party’s Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema (F) chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman are also in the race.  

Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan will serve as the Returning Officer. 

President of Pakistan is elected in a secret ballot by the provincial and national assemblies. There are a total 706 assembly members who will elect the president. The ruling party has the highest number of party votes in the electoral college for elections to the office of the president. 

PTI is now the only party with members in all the elected houses. It has a total of 251 votes of its party members in the 706-vote-strong electoral college and its tally goes up to 314 if the votes of members of its allied parties – the Balochistan Awami Party, Grand Democratic Alliance, Pakistan Muslim League, Awami Muslim League, Balochistan National Party, BNP-Awami and Jamhoori Watan Party – are also counted. On the other hand, the joint tally of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the PPP comes to 260 and if votes of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Awami National Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party are added, it climbs to 321. The MQM had voted for the PTI candidate in the election of prime minister.

Of the independent votes, 15 senators had defeated the PML-N candidate in the election of Senate chairman. 

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