LAHORE

(APP)

Pakistan till 2008 witnessed 11 general elections since its inception with the highest turnout of voters from 30 to 40 per cent in the 1985 general elections.

Provincial Election Commissioner Punjab Mehboob Anwar told APP here Friday that since the creation of homeland, a total of 11 general elections have so far been conducted in the country. He said national and provincial assemblies elections were held on different dates while last three polls for national and provincial assemblies were conducted the same day throughout the country. 

He said that polling in national assembly on 25.02.1995 and provincial assemblies on 28.02.1985 witnessed 30 to 40 per cent turnout while 29 to 35 per cent was recorded in last general election in 2008.

Regarding poll arrangements, he said that a total of 40,078 polling stations comprising 108,357 polling booths for 4,929,7879 voters have been set up for 148 national assemblies and 297 provincial assemblies constituencies in Punjab while for two seats of National Assembly in Islamabad, a total of 550 booths comprising 1877 booths have been established for a total of 629,233 voters.

Following are the details of all general elections:

 Year    Date of    Provincial

     ­NA polling    Assemblies

1) 1962    28.04.1962    06.06.1962

2) 1965    21.03.1965    16.05.1965

3) 1970    07.12.1970    17.12.1970

4) 1977    07.03.1977    10.03.1977

5) 1985    25.02.1985    28.02.1985

6) 1988    16.11.1988    19.11.1988

7) 1990    24.10.1990    27.10.1990

8) 1993    06.10.1993    09.10.1993

9) 1997    03.02.1997

10) 2002    10.10.2002

11) 2008    18.02.2008

12) 2013 to he held on 11.05.2013

15) He said that a total of 2370 candidates and 5643 contestants are in the run for national and provincial assemblies constituencies.

For the smooth and peaceful conduct of polls, Election Commission has established 69,801 polling stations comprising 193,354 booths for a total of 86,189,802 voters including 37,597,415 female electors. A total of 258 women candidates are also in the run for NA and 559 for provincial assemblies constituencies. More than 200 foreign journalists from electronic and print media have already arrived in Pakistan for a two-week visit to witness the holding of polls and all of them are being facilitated for free movement to polling stations of their choice.