Presidential election

Presidential election: ECP approves Alvi, Ahsan and Fazl’s nomination papers

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has approved the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rahman for the presidential election on Wednesday.

According to details, Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan scrutinized the nomination papers after the three presidential candidates appeared before the commission along with their proposers and seconders.

The opposition parties failed to field a combine candidate as PPP has decided that it would not withdraw its presidential candidate Aitzaz Ahsan.

Similarly, the remaining opposition parties have fielded Mualana Fazal-u-Rehman as their presidential candidate.

Earlier on Tuesday, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari summoned a party meeting to discuss cooperation sought by Maulana Fazl for a consensus presidential candidate.

Zardari said the JUI-F leader was a respected figure for them, but they had to make a “political decision”, according to sources, adding that the PPP could not compromise its principled politics.

Candidates have until Thursday, August 30 to withdraw their nomination papers, after which the final list will be made public on the same day.

Polling for the presidential election will be held on September 4.

The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly, and the four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot.

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