PESHAWAR : All is set for presidential elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly where 120 members will cast secret ballots to elect candidate of their choice. The assembly proceeding will start at 10:00am on Tuesday while the Chief Justice Peshawar High court will preside over the overall polling process in the assembly hall for which a resolution has already been moved to term the house a polling centre for presidential elections. The election will be held through secret ballot and polling for which will begin simultaneously at KP assembly, Parliament House and the three other provincial assemblies of the country.

The legislators have been directed by the election commission not to carry mobile phones or any other electronic device during the voting process. The ballot papers and other related material have already been sent to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim has already asked the parliamentarians to ensure secrecy of ballot paper while casting vote in the presidential election.

The election commission has instructed the parliamentarians to correctly mark the name of the concerned candidate in the ballot paper. The legislators cannot carry mobile phones or any other electronic device through which picture of the ballot paper could be taken in the premises during the voting process.

It may be mentioned here that Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) presidential nominee is expected to get an easy victory on July 30; however, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate is set to win the Electoral College in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The KPK Assembly’s total strength is 124 seats but presently it stands at 120 as four seats are vacant where by-elections will be held on August 22. Since the Balochistan Assembly is the smallest with 65, its strength is used as a standard. The total numbers of seats in each assembly are divided by 65 to determine each assembly’s Electoral College.

Technically, during voting for the presidential nominees, 1.9 KPK assembly members will have the power of one vote. But as the current strength of the provincial legislature is 120, the seat-to-vote ratio will drop to 1.84.