Voting begins in Pakistan's presidential election

3 candidates are contesting for post

Voting begins in Pakistan's presidential election

Pakistani lawmakers headed to the polls on Tuesday to elect the 13th president for the next five years, officials and state-run media reported. 

The polling began at National Assembly at 10 a.m. local time (0500GMT) which will continue until 4 p.m. local time (1100GMT), state-run PTV News reported. 

The president is elected through a secret ballot by lawmakers from the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies. 

Three candidates are running for the office of the president. The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its allies’ nominated Dr. Arif Alvi, while Pakistan People Party’s candidate is Aitzaz Ahsan. Other opposition parties have nominated Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s President Maulana Fazlu Rehman as their presidential candidate. 

The opposition parties failed to reach a consensus to field a joint candidate despite several meetings between their leaders on Monday.  

The ruling party is confident to easily win the election as opposition parties are divided.

In Pakistan, the president is a symbol of federation and head of the state, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, but exercise power upon the recommendations of the prime minister. 

The incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term will end on Sept. 9.