Pakistan Sets General Election for January 2024: What You Need to Know

The elections, scheduled for November 2023, have been postponed due to the election commission's redrawing of constituencies.

Pakistan, Islamabad - Pakistan's election commission has declared that the long-awaited general elections will take place in the last week of January next year.

Election Commission of Pakistan

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said in a brief statement on Thursday that the November 2023 elections had been postponed owing to new constituency marking.

According to the poll panel, a final list of extra seats will be released by November 30, and the vote will take place late in January, following a 54-day process that involves filing nomination papers, appealing, and campaigning.

The elections in the South Asian nation of 241 million people were scheduled after the outgoing parliament's five-year mandate ended in August. A caretaker administration was then formed to oversee the election.

Elections must be held within 60 days following the dissolution of the national or provincial parliament after completing a full term, or within 90 days if the dissolution occurs earlier.

The election commission has previously questioned the impartiality of the caretaker administration led by Kakar, a member of a pro-military party, claiming that it appears to be allied with opponents of imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Likely to Minus Imran Khan

As things stand, former Prime Minister Khan, the major opposition leader, will be unable to run in this election after being prohibited from public office for five years following a corruption investigation.

When asked at CFR if all parties would be able to participate in the election, Kakar stated, "I do not have any confusion in my mind, or in the government, that all the parties who are registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan are legally, politically, morally, and allowed, and they will participate in the political process."

Khan claims the cipher shows the US worked with the Pakistani military and Sharif to destabilize his government, which both Washington and Islamabad deny.

Largest Political Party

According to public polls, the cricketer-turned-deposed Pakistani leader is still the most popular politician in Pakistan, and his party is the largest national political force.

Militant assaults have also increased drastically in the country, killing roughly 600 people since the beginning of the year, creating security fears ahead of the election.

The increasing security situation and the protracted elections have impeded efforts to address one of Pakistan's worst economic crises in decades, with inflation reaching record highs.

In July, a last-minute bailout package from the International Monetary Fund assisted Islamabad in avoiding a default on its foreign debt servicing.

The IMF, however, tied the $3 billion loan agreement to much-needed and long-delayed economic reforms in Pakistan, such as eliminating power and fuel price subsidies and requiring the wealthiest class to pay taxes.

According to political commentators, rising fuel and power prices have sparked anti-government protests, adding to Khan's party's popularity.

Who are the Main Contenders in General Elections 2024?

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will attempt to capitalize on supporters' sympathy and rage in order to replicate its 2018 triumph. However, in the midst of a prolonged stalemate with the military, the PTI's chances are dependent on a detente with the generals, which appears doubtful.

Other major contenders for the next administration include the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of former Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Nawaz Sharif, the brother of Shehbaz and the senior partner in the previous coalition government, is attempting to return from exile. Despite having a corruption conviction on his record, Shehbaz is a strong candidate for re-election.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 34-year-old PPP leader and son of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is another important candidate.

In his first government post as foreign minister in the departing government, he made waves both locally and internationally, and he is largely seen as a potential leader.


Who is Pakistan's largest political party?

PTI has been Pakistan's first political party to organize the largest intraparty election from its broad electoral base as a result of these elections. On March 20, 2013, Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were elected as the PTI's central leadership.

Who was Pakistan's best leader?

In Pakistan, he is known as the Quaid-e-Azam ("Great Leader") and the Baba-e-Qaum ("Father of the Nation"). Jinnah is still considered Pakistan's finest leader, according to his biographer Stanley Wolpert.

Who is the speaker of Pakistan 2023?

Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker of the National Assembly, addresses members of the Parliamentary Reporters Association in Parliament House. Islamabad, 16 August 2023: National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf addresses members of the Parliamentary Reporters Association in Parliament House.

Who was the most effective prime minister?

Winston Churchill is widely regarded as one of the greatest prime ministers of all time for his leadership during World War II. Clement Attlee, Labour Leader for nearly 20 years, is virtually generally regarded favorably among prime ministers.

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