Pakistani general election, 2002

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The Pakistan General elections of 2002 were held in Pakistan on 10 October 2002 to elect the National Assembly of Pakistan and the provincial assemblies. The elections were held under the watchful scrutiny of the military government of General Pervez Musharraf.[1] This elections featured the multiparty democracy as it brought an end to the two-party system between the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (N). A new liberal Pakistan Muslim League (Q) emerged in the mainstream political spectrum of Pakistan, that supported President Musharraf.

Around 70 parties took participation in the elections, however, only six parties managed to bag sufficient popular vote namely PML-Q, PPP, MMA, PML-N, MQM and National Alliance

Parties and candidates[edit]

More than 70 parties, contested the election, the main parties were the Peoples Party Parliamentarians, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Group, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-i-Azam also called the "King's Party" for its unconditional support to the government, and the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), alliance of six religious political parties. Other known parties contesting at the national level included the six-party National Alliance led by former Former President Farooq Ahmad Lagari, Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf and Tahir-ul-Qadri's Pakistan Awami Tehrik.[1]


e • d Summary of the October 2002 National Assembly elections
% of popular vote Seats
Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) 25.7 126
Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians 25.8 81
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan 11.3 63
Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) 9.4 19
Muttahida Qaumi Movement 3.1 17
National Alliance 4.6 16
Pakistan Muslim League (Functional) 1.1 5
Pakistan Muslim League (Junejo) 0.7 3
Pakistan Peoples Party (Sherpao) 0.3 2
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 0.8 1
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (Pakistan People's Movement) 0.7 1
Jamhoori Wattan Party (Republican National Party) 0.3 1
Pakistan Muslim League (Zia-ul-Haq Shaheed) 0.3 1
Pakistan Democratic Party 0.3 1
Balochistan National Party 0.2 1
Awami National Party 1.0 -
Pakhtun-khwa Milli Awami Party - 1
Independents - 3
Non-partisans (most joined one of the above parties) 14.1 21*
Female elected members (included in party seats above) . 60*
Minorities (included in party seats above) . 10*
Total (turnout 41.8%)   342
Source: Pakistan Electoral Commission & CIA Factbook

Not included in total. Except for three independents, most of these are included in the party-seat numbers