Next Pakistani general election
All 336 seats in the National Assembly
169 seats needed for a majority
General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan less than 60 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly, which is set to dissolve on 13 August 2023, unless dissolved earlier: in which case the election shall be held within 90 days after dissolution. This means that the election must be held by or before 12 October 2023.
Following the elections in 2018, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former cricket captain of the Pakistan national cricket team Imran Khan emerged as the largest party, winning 149 out of a total of 342 seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan. Despite being short of a majority, Independents and smaller parties such as the MQM-P helped Khan to form a government.
During the election campaign, Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML (N)) led by former Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif campaigned on a platform of being “victimised by hidden forces”. Despite opinion polls close to the election showing a close contest, the actual result of the election showed the PTI with a lead of over 50 seats on the PML-N in the directly elected seats, and also gave it a lead of around 7.5 percentage points, despite polls suggesting it only had a lead of up to 4 percentage points. The PML-N was deprived of the chance of forming a government in Punjab, a province seen as it’s stronghold.
Most parties apart from the PTI cried foul at the result and claimed that it was rigged.
The 342 seats of the National Assembly consist of 272 elected by first-past-the-post voting in single-member constituencies, 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 for minority groups. The reserved seats are elected by proportional representation based on the national vote share in the single-member constituencies with a 5% electoral threshold. As a result of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, six seats will be removed from the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas, bringing the total membership of the House down from 342 to 336.
Nationwide Voting Intention
|22 Nov 2018||IPOR||IRI||3,991||34%||21%||12%||1%||1%||31%||13%|
|25 July 2018||Election 2018||ECP||53,123,733||31.82%||24.35%||13.01%||4.85%||4.21%||21.76%||7.47%|
Government Approval Rating
|Date||Pollster||Publisher||Sample||Approve (Satisfied)||Disapprove (Dissatisfied)||Net||Strongly Approve||Approve||Disapprove||Strongly Disapprove|
|29 Dec 2018||Gallup Pakistan||Self||1,141||51%||46%||5%||13%||38%||26%||20%|
|01 Dec 2018||IPOR||Self||2,041||47%||27%||20%||17%||30%||18%||9%|
|28 Nov 2018||Pulse Consultant||Geo News||2,019||51%||30%||21%||N/A|
|22 Nov 2018||IPOR||IRI||3,991||57%||39%||18%||17%||40%||28%||11%|
|03 Sep 2018||Gallup Pakistan||Self||1,550||49%||27%||22%||N/A|
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- Electoral system IPU
- Pakistan IFES
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- "Half the country satisfied during 100 days, satisfaction decreased in Punjab and KP from previous govts". Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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