Polling underway to elect 13th Pakistan president

Polling underway to elect 13th Pakistan president

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ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Former interior minister Rehman Malik (front) arrives to cast his vote at the National Assembly during the presidential election in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Sept. 4, 2018. Polling for presidential election kicked off Tuesday in Pakistan with three candidates competing for the slot of the 13th president of the country for the next five-year term.  (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal/IANS)
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani policemen walk past the National Assembly building during the presidential election in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Sept. 4, 2018. Polling for presidential election kicked off Tuesday in Pakistan with three candidates competing for the slot of the 13th president of the country for the next five-year term.  (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal/IANS)
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 4, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani policemen walk past the National Assembly building during the presidential election in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Sept. 4, 2018. Polling for presidential election kicked off Tuesday in Pakistan with three candidates competing for the slot of the 13th president of the country for the next five-year term. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal/IANS)
Islamabad, Sep 4 (IANS) Polling is underway in Pakistan Parliament here and the provincial assemblies in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta to elect the country's 13th president via the secret ballot system.
In the running for the post are Dr Arif Alvi of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI); PML-N backed chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Fazlur Rehman; and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan, Dawn reported.
A joint sitting of the Senate and the newly elected national and provincial assemblies -- together known as the electoral college of Pakistan -- has been called to elect the new president.
The voting, which is being held simultaneously at the Parliament House and the four provincial assemblies, started around 10 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m.
The NA and Senate members are voting inside the National Assembly hall, whereas the MPAs are doing the same in their respective provincial assemblies.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has barred the members from carrying mobile phones with them at the time of voting.
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