2008 Punjab provincial election

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Provincial elections were held in the Pakistani province of Punjab to elect the 15th Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on 18 February 2008, alongside nationwide general elections and three other provincial elections in Sindh, Balochistan and North-West Frontier Province. The remaining two territories of Pakistan, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, were ineligible to vote due to their disputed status.[1]

2008 Punjab provincial election

← 2002 18 February 2008 2013 →

297 out of 371 seats in the Punjab Assembly[a]
186 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Chief Minister of the Punjab (8047057165) (cropped).jpg Flag of Pakistan People's Party.svg Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.jpg
Leader Shehbaz Sharif Not Declared Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi
Leader's seat PP-48 Bhakkar-II (by-election) None PP-118 (Mandi Bahauddin-III)
PP-282 (Bahawalnagar-VI) (lost)
Last election 47 seats, 16.43% 79 seats, 22.48% 209 seats, 33.33%
Seats won 148 103 79
Seat change Increase 101 Increase 24 Decrease 130
Popular vote 5,597,569 5,565,743 5,837,922
Percentage 27.05% 26.89% 28.21%
Swing Increase 10.62% Increase 4.41% Decrease 5.12%

Chief Minister before election

Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi

Elected Chief Minister

Dost Muhammad Khosa


Pakistan Muslim League (N)5,597,56927.05114304148
Pakistan Peoples Party5,565,74326.8982192103
Pakistan Muslim League (Q)5,837,92228.216116279
Pakistan Muslim League (F)182,7530.882103
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal160,7150.782002
Other parties86,6790.421001
Registered voters/turnout43,780,458


In the 2008 elections, the PML (N) and the PPP formed a coalition government, with PML (N) as the senior party and Shehbaz Sharif as Chief Minister of Punjab. However, in 2011, the PPP was expelled from this coalition due to corruption in the Federal Government, (which was led by the PPP at the time).[3]


  1. ^ 66 seats are reserved for women and 8 are reserved for non-Muslims filled through PR


  1. ^ "Punjab Assembly General Election 2008 - Results & Party Position". UrduPoint. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  2. ^ Election Commission of Pakistan. "GENERAL ELECTIONS - 2013 PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES TURNOUT". Election Commission of Pakistan.
  3. ^ "Pakistan's PPP and PML-N to form coalition government -- china.org.cn". www.china.org.cn. Retrieved 2023-04-19.