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Pakistan

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National Assembly

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
11.05.2013
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
16.03.2013
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.07.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
342
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

The number of candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
111

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
86,189,802
Votes Number of people who actually voted
46,217,482
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
53.62%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) came to power in the elections, taking 157 of the 342 seats in the National Assembly. The leading party in the outgoing government, the Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), led by Mr. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto (son of President Asif Ali Zardari and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto), came a distant second with 39 seats. Then followed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by a former cricket star, Mr. Imran Khan, which took 35 seats. Mr. Sharif had previously served as prime minister from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1997 until being ousted in a coup in October 1999. During the election campaign, he promised to tackle energy shortage by building new power plants. Meanwhile, the PPPP led a low-key campaign, apparently amid security concerns over possible Taliban attacks. Former President Pervez Musharraf, who had led the government after seizing power in the 1999 coup until 2008, returned to Pakistan in March 2013 but was barred from contesting the elections by a court order on 30 April. The outgoing legislature, elected in February 2008, completed its full term in March 2013 without military intervention. On 5 June, the newly-elected National Assembly elected Mr. Sharif as Prime Minister, marking the country's first transition between democratically elected civilian governments since partition from India in 1947.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
18
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
16.22%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Yes
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
1
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
256
Number of women elected
67
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
19.59%
Other notes
Before the first session of 1 June 2013, 19 of the 27 independent candidates -elect joined the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), bringing the party's tally to 176 seats in all. As at 3 June 2013, the following 19 seats remained undecided: - Eight of the 272 general seats (constituencies 38, 46, 83, 103, 229, 230, 237 and 254); - One seat reserved for non-Muslims; and - 10 seats reserved for women.
Sources
National Assembly (17.06.2013, 20.06.2013, 02.08.2013, 25.06.2015, 29.06.2015) Election Commission of Pakistan
Women Directly Elected
67

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
256
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
67
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
160
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
01.06.2013
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq (Male)
Political party
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)