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Mamnoon Hussain elected 12th President of Pakistan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Mamnoon Hussain became the 12th President of the country after securing overwhelming majority in the Presidential election held on Tuesday.

He was polled 432 electoral votes against 77 to his only rival Justice (Retd) Wajihuddin Ahmad of the Pakisatan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The electoral college for election of the President of Pakistan is consisted of the members of Senate, National Assembly and all the provincial Assemblies.

Mamnoon Hussain elected 12th President of Pakistan The result of the polling held at the Parliament House Islamabad and all provincial assemblies, was announced by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim. As many as 314 members of the Parliament cast their votes and nine of them were declared invalid. The winning candidate Mamnoon Hussain secured 277 votes and Wajihuddin Ahmad 34.

Twenty-seven electoral votes were cast in the Sindh Assembly, out of them 25 were polled to Mamnoon Hussain and two by Wajihuddin. Mamnoon Hussain secured 55 votes out of 56 cast in Balochistan Assembly, while Wajihuddin could get only one vote. Fifty-seven electoral votes were cast at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly,where Wajihuddin took the lead by bagging 36 votes against Mamnoon Hussain, who got 21. Out of total 58 electoral votes validly cast at the Punjab Assembly, Mamnoon Hussain received 54 and Wajihuddin 4. Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians and its aliies Awami National Party and Balochistan National Party-A boycotted the presidential election. The Chief Election Commissioner, while announcing the result, said the elections were free and fair.

In his message of felicitation President Zardari wished the President-elect well in the discharge of his responsibilities as head of the federation. He said that with the election of new President another big step had been taken towards smooth transfer of power in a democratic dispensation which was a good augury for democracy in the country. The President said that all our efforts should be geared towards strengthening democracy and the federation.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also felicitated President-elect Mamnoon Hussein on his election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that the newly-elected President would come up to the expectations and trust reposed in him by the peoples' representatives.

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