Presidential election will be held in Tuesday to elect 13th President of Pakistan for next five years.
Arif Alvi of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Aitzaz Ahsan of Pakistan People’s Party and PMLN-backed Maulana Fazlur Rehman are vying for the office.
The ruling PTI is confident that Alvi will win the election comfortably. The PTI enjoys the support of the MQM, PML-Q, BAP, GDA, BNP, AML and other parties in the National Assembly and all four provincial assemblies.
The opposition is divided. It has failed to agree on a joint candidate due to differences between the two major opposition parties, the PML-N and the PPP.
On Monday, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman who is also head of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, made a last-ditch effort to persuade the PPP to withdraw its candidate. However, the PPP flatly declined.
Voting for the presidential election will begin at 10am and will continue until 4pm.
A joint session of the Parliament will be held in which MNAs and senator will exercise their right to vote. Voting will be held through a secret ballot.
Provincial assemblies will hold sessions for the election.
The five-year term of President Mamnoon Hussain will expire on Sept 9. Mr Hussain, elected in September 2013, was a nominee of the PML-N.
In Pakistan, the President is considered a symbol of the federation and head of the state and exercises all powers on the recommendations of the prime minister.