Ruling party’s candidate Mamnoon Hussain has made it to the Presidency securing overwhelming majority in the election held on Tuesday.
He polled 432 electoral votes as against his lone rival retired Justice Wajihuddin Ahmad of PTI’s 77 votes. The result was announced by the Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim after tabulation and consolidation in Islamabad on Tuesday evening.
Polling was held at the Parliament House in Islamabad and four provincial assemblies where Senators‚ Members of the National Assembly and Members of the Provincial Assemblies cast their votes.
In Islamabad‚ 314 votes were cast out of which 311 were declared valid by the Presiding Officer Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Justice Anwar Kasi. Mamnoon Hussain secured 277 votes while Wajihuddin Ahmad got 34 votes.
In Sindh Assembly twenty-seven electoral votes were cast by the members. Mamnoon Hussain bagged 25 votes while Wajihuddin received just two votes.
In Balochistan Assembly fifty-six votes were cast by the members. Mamnoon Hussain secured fifty-five votes while Wajihuddin got only one vote.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly‚ fifty-seven electoral votes were cast. Mamnoon Hussain got twenty-one votes while Wajihuddin bagged thirty-six votes.
In the Punjab Assembly fifty-eight electoral votes were validly cast by the members. Mamnoon Hussain bagged 54 votes while Wajihuddin got four votes.
The opposition Peoples Party and its erstwhile allies ANP and BNP Awami boycotted the presidential election. It is significant to note that in 2008 presidential elections‚ incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari got just 22 votes from Punjab Assembly whereas Mamnoon Hussain has bagged 25 votes from the Sindh Assembly despite boycott by the majority party there.
The Chief Election Commissioner‚ while announcing the result‚ said the Commission has conducted free and fair elections and hoped now the authorities would concentrate on good governance.
Mamnoon Hussain was born on March 2‚ 1940 in Agra‚ India and migrated to Pakistan after partition in 1947.
He did MBA from the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi as well as Darse Nizami course. Mamnoon Hussain originally hails from Agra (India).
Originally a businessman‚ Mamnoon Hussain started his politics as a Muslim Leaguer in 1969.
He was made joint secretary of the Karachi chapter of the League when former minister of state for foreign affairs Zain Noorani was its president.
Mamnoon Hussain has his textile business and office in Allahwali Market Karachi.
He was seen actively involved in the PML-N since 1993 when Nawaz Sharif was in the opposition.
Before Mamnoon Hussain was appointed governor of Sindh by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 to serve in this position for less than six months‚ he worked as advisor to the provincial chief minister (Liaquat Ali Jatoi) for an insignificant portfolio.
After the promulgation of military rule in October 1999‚ Mamnoon Hussain firmly stood with Nawaz Sharif when multitudes of PML-N leaders simply abandoned their party.
During all this period starting in 1993‚ Mamnoon Hussain has held different positions in the Sindh branch of the party.