1993 Pakistani general election

General elections were held in Pakistan on 6 October 1993 to elect the members of National Assembly. The elections took place after both the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan resigned to resolve a power struggle.[1]

1993 Pakistan general election

 1990 October 6, 1993 (1993-10-06) 1997 

217 of the 237 seats in the National Assembly
104 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Benazir Bhutto Nawaz Sharif
Party PPP PML(N)
Leader since 10 January 1984 18 July 1993
Leader's seat Larkana Lahore
Seats before 44 111
Seats after 89 73
Seat change 45 38
Popular vote 7,578,635 7,980,229
Percentage 37.00% 38.96%
Swing 1.1 2.4%

Winning party by constituency

Prime minister before election

Nawaz Sharif

Elected Prime Minister

Benazir Bhutto

Prior to the elections, the ruling Islami Jamhoori Ittehad alliance was dissolved due to clashes between its member parties. The alliance's place in the two-party system (alongside the Pakistan Peoples Party) was taken up by Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N).

The elections were held under the caretaker government of Moeenuddin Ahmad Qureshi. Although the PML (N) received the most votes, the PPP won the most seats. After winning the support of minor parties and independents, Benazir Bhutto became Prime Minister for a second non-consecutive term. Voter turnout was 40%.[2]

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