Polling for the election of the speaker and deputy speaker of National Assembly will begin shortly in what is going to be a one-to-one contest between candidates pitched by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and a fragile opposition alliance.

Newly elected MNAs will vote for their preferred candidates through secret ballot in an election that is being overseen by outgoing speaker Ayaz Sadiq of the PML-N.

PTI chairman Imran Khan arrives for the NA session. — DawnNewsTV
The election was expected to commence at 10am; however, the session faced a delay of more than half-an-hour due to the late arrival of MNAs.

Lawmakers belonging to various political parties, including prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan, are present in the Lower House of Parliament for the election.

Former speaker of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser (of PTI) is contesting for the post of NA speaker against PPP stalwart Syed Khursheed Shah. Both of them had submitted their nomination papers to the NA secretary on Tuesday.

In the race for deputy speaker of NA, PTI’s Qasim Suri will face off with Asad Rehman of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA).

Shah and Rehman are the joint candidates of 11 opposition parties for the offices of speaker and deputy speaker, respectively.