Web Desk: PTI’s Arif Alvi has been elected as the thirteenth President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Alvi who hails from Karachi and is a dentist by profession secured a total of 212 votes.
In the past he has served as the president of the Asia-Pacific Dental Federation and the Pakistan Dental Association.
Dr Arif Alvi: 212 votes (NA and Senate) 45 (Balochistan Assembly), 41 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly), 22 (Sindh Assembly).
Aitzaz Ahsan: 81 votes (NA and Senate) 39 (Sindh Assembly).
Fazlur Rehman: 131 (NA and Senate) 15 (Balochistan Assembly), 13 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly).
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 cast vote for himself.
In Punjab 351 out of 354 parliamentarians cast their vote.
Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Yawar Ali presided over the polling process while election commissioner Punjab, Zafar Iqbal Hussain, performed duties as returning officer.
PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan was the first to cast his vote in the Punjab Assembly.
158 members of the Sindh Assembly cast their vote in the presidential election with five lawmakers abstaining. According to reports Aitzaz Ahsan received 100 votes and Arif Alvi 56 votes. Two votes were dismissed in the election.
According to the electoral system, Aitzaz received 39 votes and Alvi 22 votes.
Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh performed the duty of presiding officer.
In the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, 111 out of 112 lawmakers cast their vote in the election.
Arif Alvi received 78 votes, Fazlur Rehman 26 votes and Aitzaz Ahsan received 2 votes. Two votes of lawmakers were dismissed.
According to the electoral formula, Arif Alvi votes tally to 41 votes and 13 votes for Fazlur Rehman
Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth supervised the polling process in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
Arif Alvi received 45 votes and Fazlur Rehman received 15 votes in the provincial assembly. One lawmaker did not cast his vote in the election.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar acted as presiding officer.
Rift between Opposition has Widened after the disputed Presidential Candidature.
The president was elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly, and the four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot.
Dispute reigned supreme between two biggest opposition parties, PML-N and PPP.
Senior Lawyer and Former multi-time senator Aitzaz Ahsan was PPP’s pick.
Maulana Fazl a seasoned politician and infamous Islamic scholar was chosen by a 10 party opposition consensus as their nominee.
With dissension in the ranks of the opposition, PTI sensed an easy victory.
PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari implied that PML-N is afraid of playing opposition’s role . “They have never sat on opposition benches”, said Zardari
PML-N stalwart Khwaja Saad blamed Zardari for the division among opposition parties.
“PPP refused to vote Shehbaz in PM – elections, they have now divided the opposition.” “PPP seems to be playing a role of friendly opposition to PTI.” said Khwaja Saad.