Understanding Pakistan general elections 2018 in numbers

Pakistan goes to the general elections on July 25 with 11,855 candidates running for 849 general seats

Streets are decorated with posters of election candidates in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 10, 2018.


Dubai: Pakistan goes to the general elections on July 25 for a total number of directly elected 849 seats including 272 seats for the national assembly.

A total number of 11,855 candidates will running for the 849 general seats of Pakistan’s national and four provincial assemblies.

This includes a total of 3,459 candidates — 1,623 from Punjab, 824 from Sindh, 725 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 287 from Balochistan. They will contest for the 272 general seats of the National Assembly. The National Assembly – the lower house of the parliament in the Pakistan’s democratic system consists of 342 members, of which 272 are directly elected, 60 seats are reserved for women and 10 are open to religious minorities. A political party needs at least 172 seats of simple majority to form a government the national level and has the right to select a prime minister.

Elections will also be held simultaneously in the four provinces of Pakistan  — Punjab, Sindah, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – to elect members for the provincial assemblies to form governments at the provincial level.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, a total of 8,396 are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies.

The figures show marked decrease in the number of candidates contesting elections this time compared to the 2013 general elections when a total of 15,629 candidates — 4,671 for National Assembly and 10,958 for provincial assemblies — ran in the race to form government.

In Punjab, a total of 4,036 candidates will contest for 297 general seats of the Punjab Assembly whereas 2,252 candidates are competing for 130 general seats of the Sindh Assembly. Some 1,165 candidates will vie for 99 seats in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 943 are competing for 51 general seats of the Balochistan Assembly.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, a total of 105.96 million voters out of total population of about 200 million people are included in the electoral roll to cast vote in elections on July 25, 2018. They include: 59.22million male and 46.73million females, with the gender gap between male and female rising to around 12.5m. This shows that 55.9 per cent of the registered voters in Pakistan are males while only 44.1pc are females.

The numbers are approximately 23 per cent higher than the figures for the 2013 elections when the total number of voters stood at 86.19m. It means that this time more than 19 million additional voters are registered for this elections.

Pakistan Elections 2018

Total number of seats: 849 (including national assembly and four provincial assemblies)

Total number of candidates: 11,855

Number of political parties taking part: 107

Number of National Assembly seats: 342 (272 directly elected, 60 reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities)

Number of candidates contesting for National Assembly: 3,459

From Punjab:1,623

From Sindh: 824

From KPK:  725

From Balochistan: 287

 

Election in four provincial assemblies in four provinces of Pakistan

Punjab Assembly:

Number of candidates: 4,036 candidates

Number of general seats to contest: 297

Sindh Assembly:

Number of candidates: 2,252

Number of general seats to contest: 130

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:

Number of candidates:  1,165

Number of general seats to contest: 99

Balochistan Assembly:

Number of candidates: 943

Number of general seats to contest: 51

Electoral roll 

Population of Pakistan: 200 million (last estimate)

Total number of voters: 105.96 million

Number of voters in 2013 elections: 86.19 million

New voters in 2018: 19.77 million

Male: 59.22million (5.9 per cent)

Female: 46.73million (44.1 per cent)

Gender gap between male and female voters rising to around 12.5million.

 

Number of voters in Punjab : 60.67million

Male: 33.68million

Female: 26.99million

 

Number of voters in Sindh : 22.39million

Male: 12.44million

Female: 9.95million.

 

Number of voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 15.32m

Male: 8.71million

Female: 6.61million

 

Number of voters in Balochistan: 4.3million

Male: 2.49million 

Female: 1.81million

 

Number of voters in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA): 2.51million 

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