–PTI candidate bags 353 ballots, joint Opp’s candidate Fazlur Rehman gets 185 votes while PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan’s tally stands at 124
–Dr Alvi says ‘from today I am not just a president that was nominated by PTI but I am the president of the entire nation and all parties’
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, according to provisional results announced by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The candidates competing for the key post included Dr Alvi, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who was named as the joint candidate of opposition parties including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party.
The ECP said that a total of 1,110 voters participated in the presidential polls held simultaneously at the Parliament House and the four provincial assembles. Of the total votes cast, 27 votes were declared invalid.
After the total valid votes were treated according to the provision of paragraph 18 of the Second Schedule of the Constitution, Alvi secured 353 votes, Rehman bagged 185, while Ahsan’s tally stood at 124.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned the trio or their agents to the ECP Secretariat on Wednesday to witness the tabulation process, after which the official result will be announced and the winner notified.
Of the 430 votes cast in the National Assembly and Senate, PTI’s Alvi received 212 votes, JUI-F’s Rehman bagged 131 and PPP’s Ahsan garnered 81; six votes were rejected.
Ahsan and Fazl could not cast votes for themselves as the PPP leader is not a member of the Senate while the JUI-F chief is neither an MNA nor an MPA. Alvi was the only presidential candidate who could cast a vote for himself being an MNA.
Of the 61 Balochistan Assembly members, 60 cast their votes, with former chief minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri the sole absentee. According to provisional results, Alvi secured 45 votes, while 15 lawmakers voted for Rehman. PPP’s Ahsan failed to receive any vote.
In Sindh Assembly, PPP’s Ahsan garnered 100 votes, Dr Alvi bagged 56, whereas just a solitary vote was cast in the favour of JUI’s Rehman; one vote was wasted.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Dr Alvi received 78 of the total 109 votes, while Rehman and Ahsan had 26 and five votes, respectively, to their names.
In Punjab Assembly, Dr Alvi secured 186 votes, whereas Rehman and Ahsan received 141 and six votes respectively; 18 votes were rejected.
The unusually high number of rejected votes in the Punjab Assembly could be attributed to last week’s murmurs that a group within the PML-N was unhappy over the party’s decision to nominate Rehman, and even termed him a “bad choice”.
‘PRESIDENT OF ENTIRE NATION’:
Speaking to reporters after the provisional results were announced, the newly-elected president said he was thankful to Almighty Allah that he had been elected as the president. Alvi also thanked party chairman and Prime Minister Imran Khan for reposing confidence in him.
“I have nothing in this, my affiliates made me contest the election,” the newly-elected president said, expressing gratitude for all those who voted for him.
In his impending five-year term, Alvi said he hopes that the “fortunes of the poor” take a turn for the better, and that they get “food, shelter and clothing”.
Alvi said 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,” he added.
He said that he will not remain a mute president and neither will he defend any party.
“Within the constitutional parameters, I will try to extricate the country from the present trying time because I will not remain a silent president nor will I defend any party,” he said.
“I will resign from all party positions soon after I am elected as president. First of all, I will get the drainage system of my home repaired because the water is standing in my bedroom. I will then move to president house to discharge my national obligations,” he added.
POLLING IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE:
The polling began at 10am and continued till 4pm. Members of the NA and Senate began the polling after NA Speaker Asad Qaiser cast his vote. The parliamentarians cast their votes through secret ballots and in alphabetical order.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also came to cast his vote and left Parliament House shortly after doing so.
Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan served as the Returning Officer, whereas the chief justices of high courts were the presiding officers during the polls at the national and provincial assemblies.
A joint sitting of the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies — together known as the electoral college of Pakistan — had been called to elect the country’s 13th president.
Lahore High Court’s Chief Justice Yawar Ali presided over the polling process in Punjab, while Punjab Election Commissioner Zafar Iqbal Hussain performed duties as returning officer.
PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan was the first to cast his vote in the Punjab Assembly.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar was also present in the session.
In Sindh, 163 members of the provincial assembly out of 168 cast their vote for presidential election.
Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh was the presiding officer.
In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, a total of 109 MPAs cast their votes under the supervision of Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar acted as the presiding officer.
Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal cast his vote alongside Zahoor Buledi, Jan Jamali, Arif Hussni and Naseebullah Marri. MMA’s Abdul Wahid Siddiqui was the first to cast his vote for the presidential elections from Balochistan Assembly.
The presidential election marks the end of a lengthy poll season that began with the July 25 general elections and was followed by ballots for speakers and deputy speakers of national and provincial assemblies, and prime and chief ministerial offices.