How many Parties Contesting in Election 2024?
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has officially confirmed the participation of 166 political parties in the upcoming general election scheduled for February 8. The comprehensive list, published on January 15 via the ECP website, includes details about each party’s chairperson and primary address.
Notable contenders in the election landscape include the well-established Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The absence of a listed chairman or president for the reigning party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), raises intriguing questions.
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Individual entries on the list showcase diverse political entities, including Sheikh Rashid’s Awami Muslim League Pakistan from Rawalpindi. The Balochistan Awami Party, previously a major player in the 2018 elections, is under the central presidency of Khalid Hussain Magsi.
Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan, led by Saad Hussain Rizvi, is another noteworthy participant in the upcoming electoral contest. The inclusion of various parties underscores the democratic vibrancy and the multifaceted political landscape shaping the discourse for the impending elections.
As per the roster, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan (JUI-F) is set to participate in the elections under Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s chairmanship. Similarly, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan (S) is registered with Maulana Hamid-Ul-Haq as its chairperson. Other entries include Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Noorani) led by President Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Nazryati Pakistan with Maulana Khalil Ahmed Mukhlis as its ameer, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (Imam Noorani) headed by Peer Ijaz Hashmi as its president.
The list features several parties sharing similar names. Alongside Pakistan People’s Party with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as chairman, there are other entities such as Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians led by Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan People’s Party (Shaheed Bhutto) with Ghinwa Bhutto, and Pakistan People’s Party (Workers) with Dr. Safdar Abbasi as president.
PML-N faces a complex array of opponents with similar names, including Pakistan Muslim League with Chaudhry Shujaat as president, Pakistan Muslim League (F) under Pir Pagara’s presidency, Pakistan Muslim League (J), Pakistan Muslim League Council, Pakistan Muslim League Organization, Pakistan Muslim League (Zia-Ul-Haq Shaheed), and Pakistan Muslim League (Sher-e-Bangal).
Approximately 40 parties have listed their postal addresses in Lahore, including Jammat-e-Islami Pakistan chaired by Siraj-ul-Haq. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Awami National Party and Pakistan Awami Inqelabi League registered in Peshawar, while Pakistan Aman Tehreek and Pakistan Falahi Tehreek were listed from Swabi district.
In Punjab, diverse parties such as All Pakistan Muslim League (Jinnah) from Dera Ghazi Khan, Awami Justice Party Pakistan, and Move on Pakistan from Faisalabad, Pakistan Human Party from Pakpattan, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (Ch. Anwar) from Multan, and Pakistan Muhafiz Watan Party from Sheikhupura are registered.
In Balochistan, most parties registered in Quetta include the Balochistan Awami Party, Balochistan National Party, and Balochistan National Party (Awami). In Sindh, besides MQM-P, there is Mohajir Qaumi Movement Pakistan led by Afaq Ahmed.
Despite Pak Sarzameen Party’s announcement of reuniting with MQM-P, it remains registered separately. Notably, Jamaat-e-Suffah and Jadeed Awami Party are mentioned without specified chairpersons in the ECP list.
The general election, initially slated for November 2023, faced a delay due to the ECP requiring additional time for the formulation of new constituencies.
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