Electoral Procedure


  • President announces election schedule
  • Election Commission Publishes Election Schedule
  • Candidates Submit Nomination Papers
  • Returning Officers scrutinize nomination forms
  • Filing appeals against nomination papers rejection/acceptance
  • Election Tribunal reviews and passes decisions on appeals
  • Last date for candidates to withdraw nominations
  • Returning Officers publish final list of candidates and allot symbols
  • Printing of Ballot Papers
  • Ballot Papers dispatched from printing companies to District Returning Officers then from the districts to Returning Officers
  • Returning Officers distribute material to polling stations


  • Voters are issued two separate ballot papers for National and Provincial Assembly constituencies and votes can be cast at specified polling stations according to names in electoral rolls
  • Polling is held for nine hours on day of the election without any break


  • Unofficial results are compiled by Returning Officers after results are received from Presiding Officers from each polling stations and send it to the Election Commission of Pakistan for announcement
  • The results are also consolidated in the presence of candidates or party agents by Returning Officers. After postal ballots are received and counted, the Returning Officers send the results to the Election Commission of Pakistan
  • The Election Commission announces the official results no later than 14 days after the election
  • Reserved seats (women, minorities) are allocated approximately seven days after the Reserved seats (women, minorities) are allocated approximately seven days after the announcement of the official election result. Candidates successful on multiple seats have 30 days after the results are announced to resign from all but one seat. By-elections are held 60 days after seats are vacated
  • Candidates have 45 days after the results are certified to file petitions with election tribunals
  • The tribunals have 120 days to rule on petitions