The electoral college of Pakistan – comprising the Senate and the recently elected national and provincial legislatures – will elect the country’s 13th president on Tuesday.
Voting via a secret ballot commenced simultaneously in all assemblies and the Senate at 10am with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Arif Alvi, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Aitzaz Ahsan and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s (MMA) Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the running for the coveted position. The Express Tribune shares Twitter comments and reactions as voting is underway.
The cleric, the lawyer and the partyman
Marvi Memon, former federal minister and chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), remarks that presidential responsibilities include patron in chief of BISP - a position that can help many lives.
goin thru list of responsibilities of Prez of Pak as per current ceremonial responsibilities assigned in constitution.Patron in chief of BISP tops it.Actual useful to people.Good luck to winner today may u contribute to the vulnerable and may u get brownie points frm Allah Sain— Marvi Memon (@marvi_memon) September 4, 2018
Politician Ali Raza Abidi thinks the presidential election will make clear whether PTI's votes can be bought.
Like PPP ended up getting votes against $$$ from PTI’s members during Senate elections, there may be a repeat of the upset during #PresidentialElection today.— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) September 4, 2018
Hoshiyar, hoshiyar, hoshiyar, ajj “Zameer” ka vote ho ga, elections mai bohot kharcha hua hai..
Akhtar Mengal retweets a post confirming the Balochistan National Party (BNP) will support Arif Alvi.
Polling continues to elect 13th president of Pakistan
Hasil Bizenjo, President of the National Party, confirms his party will be voting for the opposition candidate in a retweet
For Presidential Elections 2018 #NP will support the candidate brought forward by the opposition alliance.— National Party - NP (@NationalParty_) September 3, 2018
Awami National Party's Bushra Gohar points out the misogyny that would enter office alongside Fazlur Rehman.
#PPP was wrong in dividing the opposition by nominating #AitzazAhsan for President but so were the opposition parties to nominate #FazalurRehman in complete disregard for women MPs. #FR never voted or supported women in the Parliament. Didn’t vote for a woman speaker.— Bushra Gohar (@BushraGohar) August 29, 2018
Abid Sher Ali, a Pakistan Muslim League-Noon (PML-N) politician who was a member of the National Assembly, uses the election to bemoan Nawaz Sharif's fate. "The Presidential elections are beginning to bear fruits. Law and punishment is only applicable to Nawaz Sharif."
صدارتی الیکشن کے ثمرات ملنا شروع ہوگئے۔ سزائیں اور قانون صرف نواز شریف ک لیۓ https://t.co/3wrYnCUkNn— Abid Sher Ali (@AbidSherAli) September 4, 2018
Awab Alvi shares a picture of his father Arif Alvi heading to cast his ballot for president.
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