Islamabad   -  Three major political players, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led ruling coalition, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led opposition alliance and Pakistan People’s Party submitted nomination papers of their respective candidates for election to the office of the president to be held on September 4.

The PTI-led coalition has nominated Dr Arif Alvi as its candidate for the presidential election while the PML-N-led opposition parties have fielded Maulana Fazlur Rehman for the slot. The PPP has nominated Aitzaz Ahsan as its candidate for the presidential election.

Nomination papers of the three candidates were submitted at Islamabad High Court (IHC). Nomination papers of Arif Alvi were also submitted with the presiding officers in the four provinces.

Talking to media persons, Dr Arif Alvi said that his party would win the presidential elections with clear majority. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the PTI had picked him for the august office of the president which, he said, was a big responsibility. He said that he would continue to work for strengthening the federation.

Alvi said that the country had been put on the path of transformation. He said that the people would continue to support Imran Khan who would definitely bring change in their lives, he claimed.

The PPP’s nominee for presidential election, Aitzaz Ahsan, after submitting his nomination papers said that his nomination for the slot was the party’s decision. He said that other opposition parties also had no objection to his personality and only raised objections on the procedure adopted for his nomination.

Ahsan said that he was not expecting the objections raised by PML-N senior leader Pervez Rashid against him. The PPP’s presidential nominee admitted that two presidential candidates from the ranks of the opposition would benefit the PTI.

Recalling his as well as his party’s struggle for democracy, Ahsan stated that his party had given immense sacrifices for the sake of democracy. He said that he had been in politics since 1964 and during this period, he always waged a struggle against dictatorship.

On the other hand, PML-N leaders Raja Zafarul Haq and Ahsan Iqbal and JUI-F leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri regretted that the PPP nominated Aitzaz Ahsan for the slot of the president without taking other opposition parties on board.

Talking to media persons after submitting nomination papers of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, they said that they would again approach the PPP and appeal it to support Maulana Fazl as division of the opposition’s votes would give a walkover to the PTI in the presidential elections. They were of the view that a joint opposition candidate could win the presidential elections provided the PPP had also join hands with the opposition’s alliance.





As per the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner will conduct scrutiny of the nomination papers in Islamabad on Wednesday in the morning. Candidates for presidential election can file their nomination papers by 12 noon on August 27.

According to the election schedule issued by Election Commission of Pakistan, prospective candidates should also file an extract of electoral rolls duly signed by the district election commissioner by the end of the deadline.

The chief justices of all high courts are serving as presiding officers for the election of the president. The National Assembly hall will serve as the polling station for MNAs and Senators while members of the provincial assemblies would cast their votes in their respective assemblies whose special sessions would be summoned by their speakers.

Scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted by the Chief Election Commissioner on August 29.

According to Rule 3 of Presidential Election Rules of 1988, all nomination papers should be accompanied by attested copies of identity cards of proposers and the seconders issued by Senate, National Assembly or, as the case may be, provincial assembly secretariats.

The ECP asked the proposers and seconders of the candidates to bring their original identity cards at the time of scrutiny.

Only members of Parliament and provincial assemblies could act as proposers and seconders for the candidates for the office of the president, who should not be less than 45 years of age and should fulfil qualifications as laid down in Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Candidates could withdraw their nomination papers by August 30 before the list of final contestants is sent for printing of ballot papers.

Polling for the election will be held on September 4 in which members of Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies will cast their votes.


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