Election workers prepare ballot boxes before they are transported, at an election commission facility in Rawalpindi May 2, 2013. Pakistan's general elections will be held on May 11. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed
The May 11 general elections in Pakistan will mark the first time in the nation's history that a civilian government has carried out the full length of its term and handed power to another civilian government. The ninth general election under the 1973 constitution, this poll will be viewed by citizens of Pakistan and the international community as a litmus test for the democratic health of the country and prospects for stability. The run-up to the election has seen several incidents of violence, including bombings at the offices of independent candidates.
Amid this tense political environment, voters will cast ballots for the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies in Pakistan. Both assemblies have five-year terms from the date of their first meeting. The National Assembly completed its five-year term on March 16, 2013. All provincial assemblies were dissolved within three days of the National Assembly to facilitate this simultaneous poll.
IFES' frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Elections in Pakistan: May 11 General Elections cover such election details as:
- What is the electoral system in Pakistan?
- What is the composition of the National Assembly?
- How many people are registered to vote?
- When will results be declared?
Download IFES' FAQs on Elections in Pakistan: May 11 General Elections
Listen to a podcast featuring IFES Deputy Chief of Party in Pakistan Shabir Ahmed discussing the May 11 elections.
Learn more about IFES' program in Pakistan.