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Pakistan to elect 12th president on Tuesday


18:57, July 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan is set to elect the country's 12th President on Tuesday as the incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari will complete his five-year term in September.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PLM-N) has fielded a senior party leader, Mamnoon Hussain, for the office to the president.

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has nominated a former court's judge, Wajhiuddin Ahmad.

There will be an one on one contest as major opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has boycotted the elections over the change in the original date and that it does not have enough time to campaign.

The election will be held through secret ballot and polling, and it will begin simultaneously at the parliament house and the four provincial assemblies at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Unofficial results will be announced after the counting is completed, an official said.

Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim has asked the parliamentarians to ensure secrecy of ballot paper while casting votes in the presidential election.

A spokesman of the Election Commission has said that the election will be held through secret ballot. He instructed the parliamentarians to correctly mark the name of the concerned candidate in the ballot paper.

The spokesman said the legislators cannot carry mobile phones or any other electronic device through which picture of the ballot paper could be taken in the premises during the voting process.

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