PESHAWAR - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate for presidency, Wajihudin Ahmad, obtained 69 votes while the PML-N nominee Mamnoon Hussain got 41 votes during the voting held in the provincial assembly for the presidential elections here on Tuesday.

Out of the total 110 polled votes, Wajihuddin obtained the PTI’s 54, JI’s six and AJI’s five votes while Mamnoon got nine votes of the QWP, 15 of the JUI-F besides his own party’s 18 votes.

Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Dost Mohammad Khan was presiding office for the presidential election. The polling was held amid tight security arrangements.

The presidential elections divided the ruling alliance in KPK when Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao-led Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) voted for Mamnoon instead of Wajihudin. The QWP legislators justified their decision by arguing that they were on treasury benches at the provincial level but would follow the decisions of the central body, which has decided to support the PML-N nominee for the better future of the province and its people.

The other coalition partners, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJI) voted for the PTI’s candidate. In the provincial assembly, the PPP and ANP boycotted the elections. The central leadership of both the parties had announced boycott of election in protest against the rescheduling of election date without even contacting them and their candidates.

Out of the 124-members house, another four members, who had vacated their provincial assembly constituencies or martyred, were not present including two former chief ministers Akram Khan Durrani and Ameer Haider Khan Hoti. Besides, another two MPs including Farid Khan from Hangu and Imran Mohmand from PK-27 lost their lives.

By-election will be held on these four constituencies.

The JUI-F’s Romana Jalil and Alhaj Malik Ibrar of QWP were not present as the latter was stated to be in Saudi Arabia for his Umra while Romana Jalil was busy in getting her visa for Umra.