PTI nominates Arif Alvi as presidential candidate
KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has nominated party stalwart, Arif Alvi, as its candidate for the election of president of Pakistan. Imran Khan has given his consent for Mr. Alvi’s nomination as head of the state.
Mr. Khan consulted party members on the matter and decided Alvi’s name for the president office, said senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary.
According to sources, consultation for the key post was going on for last three days and Imran had reportedly decided to finalize the name after his oath-taking.
Mr. Alvi won the constituency NA-247 (Karachi, South-2) in the July 25 elections with 91,020 votes defeating Syed Ali Zaman Jafferi of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan who could only garner 24,680 votes.
It is reported that Mr. Khan tried to represent all four provinces on key positions. As PTI chief himself belongs to Punjab, and he picked National Assembly Speaker from Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, while deputy speaker belongs to Balochistan, and President (Arif Alvi) is going to be from Sindh.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued a schedule for the presidential election, setting Sept 4 as the day of the ballot.
President Hussain’s five-year term is set to expire on September 9. According to the Constitution, the presidential election must be held at least a month prior to the expiry of the incumbent’s term, which in this case would have been August 8.
The president is elected by an electoral college comprising members of the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial assemblies. Voting is held through a secret ballot.
Ordinarily, the presidential election is held either a month after the General Election, or at least a month before the expiry of the president’s tenure.