KARACHI  - The provincial election commission has completed all arrangements for presidential polls in Sindh Assembly today, with nearly 168 parliamentarians from PPP not taking part in the voting process. Sindh High Court Chief Justice Musheer Alam will be the returning officer for the presidential election. The voting will get underway at 10am and continue till 3pm without an interval. The provincial election commissioner meanwhile visited Sindh Assembly on Monday and reviewed arrangements for the election. Two booths have been established for voting in assembly house.

The members will cast their vote through secret ballot, while MPAs will not be allowed to keep their mobilephones with them while casting the vote. Sindh Assembly’s total strength is 168, of which ruling PPP has over 88 members in the House and they will not take part in the voting process as their party is boycotting the presidential poll.

Other parties, MQM with 48 members, PML-N with 10 MPAs, PML-F with nine, and PTI with four members will cast their vote today. PPP had announced it would boycott the voting process and not attend the session on Tuesday.

A PPP leader however confirmed their lawmakers would come in Sindh Assembly wearing black armbands in protest over a unilateral decision of rescheduling the date of the presidential poll. On other side, PML-N leader Saleem Zia hosted an Iftar dinner in honour of lawmakers of PML-N and PML-F at a hotel on Monday. The two parties decided to go hand in hand for voting.

Speaking to newsmen, PML-N leader Saleem Zia said his party had still reservations with the way MQM did politics. He advised MQM to remove reservations of his party.

 The PML-N leader came down hard on MQM, saying his party faced not only the military dictatorship but also fought with violent politics of MQM during the past fifteen years. He said PML-N was ready to face any political situation in the future too. Meanwhile, PPP has summoned a meeting of its parliamentary party to discuss a strategy for today’s special session.