Shehbaz laments failure of opposition to field joint candidate

September 4, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday lamented the failure of opposition to field joint candidate for the presidential election.

Talking to reporters during the presidential polls, the former Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) vowed to make efforts to keep the opposition on same page in future.

“Unfortunately the opposition could not agree upon one presidential candidate,” he said.

Sharif also added that he tried well to field a joint single presidential candidate but it couldn’t be done so.

On the other hand, voting for presidential election started at 10am at NA, Senate and all the provincial assemblies and will continue till 4pm.

Apart from PTI’s Alvi, the PPP’s Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema (F) chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman are also in the race. The joint Opposition was to field a single candidate, however, no consensus had been reached on a joint Opposition nominee.

Pakistan’s President is elected indirectly through an electoral college, comprising the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies – Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Every member of the National Assembly has one vote while the four provincial assemblies are assigned an equal weight with the smallest, the Balochistan Assembly, serving as the base.

The newly-elected president of Pakistan will take oath on September 9. NNI