In a first major indication of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s smooth sailing, members of National Assembly and four provincial assemblies voted in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi and elected him as the 13th President of the country on Tuesday.
Dawn, quoting to the results provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), reports that Alvi secured 353 votes, while Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate Fazlur Rehman bagged 185 and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan’s tally stood at 124. Alvi will succeed the outgoing President Mamnoon Hussain.
The ECP, in a press release, said that a total of 1,110 voters participated in the presidential polls held simultaneously at the Parliament House and the four provincial assemblies.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned all the three candidates or their agents on Wednesday to witness the tabulation process, after which the official result will be announced and the winner notified.
Delivering his victory speech Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi said, “I am grateful to God that the PTI-nominated candidate has been successful in the presidential race today. I am also thankful to Imran Khan for nominating me for such a big responsibility.” He expressed hope that the “fortunes of the poor” take a turn for the better, and that they get “food, shelter and clothing”.
He further added that “from today I am not just a president that was nominated by the PTI but I am the president of the entire nation and all parties. Each party has an equal right on me.”
On Tuesday, a joint sitting of the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies — together known as the electoral college of Pakistan — was called to elect the country’s 13th president.
Pakistan’s constitution requires the presidential election should be held at least a month before the outgoing president’s last day in office. The voting for electing new president which took place on Tuesday should have instead been held by August 9, as incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain’s term will expire on September 9. Alvi will take oath of office and secrecy on that day. However, since the Electoral College was not complete by the required deadline, the presidential election was delayed.