*ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is one of the fewer countries of the world, where change of a government or transfer of power not always happens through vote.*
So, it is a rare happening that the two political governments have completed their tenure in a row. And now a third government being elected through the election on July 25.
The country is going to hold general election on July 25 to elect members of the lower house, the National Assembly and four provinces – Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Of the total 272 general seats in the National Assembly, a party needs to bag 137 seats or more through elections to form a government.
Polling will take place in 272 constituencies across the country from 8am until 6pm on July 25.
In addition, there are 70 more seats reserved for women and minorities that will be divided among the parties in proportion to the seats won by each party. So in total, there are 342 seats of the lower house of the Parliament.
The voters will also elect the members of four provincial assemblies on the polling day. *The electoral landscape*
Pakistan’s population totals above 200 million as the interim results of the latest Census said. Around 105 million of the total population are registered voters.
An estimated 40 million young Pakistanis will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections hailing from both urban and rural populace.
The issues that may shape the outcome are more clear-cut. With the declining economy, agricultural dilemmas and lack of vital facilities like clean water, electricity, quality education and healthcare remain beyond the reach of many Pakistanis it is hard to come to any valid conclusion making this election any one’s game at this point.
Foreign exchange reserves are falling, the fiscal deficit is rising, and IMF bailout help is again being considered. The governance has suffered the most.
At present, a caretaker government is in place. An independent election commission has been functioning to oversee the polls. EU and other foreign entities have sent observers to monitor the transparency of polls.