Photo: Inam Photography / Flickr
Photo: Inam Photography / Flickr

Pakistan elections explained

What you need to know about Pakistan’s general elections being held on 25 July.

Pakistan is set to go to the polls on 25 July 2018. The upcoming general elections will be the country's second-ever democratic transition of power – the first having taken place as recently as 2013, when the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government handed over the reins to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). These polls will also mark an unprecedented period during which two successive democratically elected governments have completed their terms.

The PML-N government completed its five-year term on 31 May this year, after which the Parliament – the 14th National Assembly – was dissolved. A caretaker government, headed by former Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk as interim prime minister, was sworn in to oversee the country's affairs until a newly elected administration takes over.

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