2013 Punjab provincial election

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2013 Punjab provincial election

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297 out of 371 seats in the Punjab Assembly[a]
186 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Shehbaz Sharif Mehmood-ur-Rasheed Not Declared
Leader's seat Lahore-XXIII
Lahore-XV none
Last election 172 seats, 29.03% uncontested 107 seats, 29.00%
Seats won 313 30 8
Seat change Increase 141 Increase 30 Decrease 99
Popular vote 11,365,363 4,951,216 2,464,812
Percentage 40.77% 17.76% 8.84%
Swing Increase 13.74% Increase 17.76% Decrease 20.16%

Punjab Assembly Elections result (expand to original file to see constituency labels)

Chief Minister before election

Shehbaz Sharif

Elected Chief Minister

Shehbaz Sharif

Provincial elections were held in the Pakistani province of Punjab to elect the 16th Provincial Assembly of the Punjab on 11 May 2013, alongside nationwide general elections and three other provincial elections in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The remaining two territories of Pakistan, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, were ineligible to vote due to their disputed status.

The Pakistan Muslim League (N) returned triumphant in this elections, retaining Shehbaz Sharif as Chief Minister of Punjab. They obtained 313 out of 371 total seats, giving them a comfortable 4/5 majority in the assembly.


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.[2] 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]


Overall, due to general mistrust with the federal government, the PML (N) was running on a wave of popular support in Punjab on an anti-PPP platform, due to widespread loadshedding, a slow economic growth rate, and general incompetence in the Federal Level.[4]

On 30 October 2011, former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan held a rally in Punjab's capital city: Lahore. This rally attracted over 100,000 of his supporters and was a power show of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Following this, the popularity of the PTI rapidly increased and it emerged as the main challenger to the PML (N) in Punjab.[5]

Both parties ran on two different platforms: Pakistan Muslim League (N) ran on the issues of tackling the energy conservation crisis, economic reforms and construction of new infrastructure in the country,[6] while the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ran on a more welfarist, centrist and anti-establishment platform, claiming to be an alternative to both mainstream parties.[7]


Pakistan Muslim League (N)11,365,36340.77248587313
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf4,951,21617.76245130
Pakistan Peoples Party2,464,8128.847108
Pakistan Muslim League (Q)1,377,1304.946208
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan489,7721.761001
Other parties1,009,7083.624004
Registered voters/turnout48,534,383
Source: ECP, ECP


Following the elections, the Pakistan Muslim League (N) came out with well above a supermajority landslide in the assembly with 313 seats, and were comfortably able to form a government. They were followed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which held only 30 seats.

This election was notable for the downfall of the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), which both held 106 and 79 seats respectively before the election and were reduced to merely 8 seats each, due to the rise of PTI and PML (N), although the sheer numbers that the PML (N) held in the assembly shocked many analysts.[8]

Shehbaz Sharif, brother of PML (N) chairman and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, became Chief Minister for the third time in his life, securing over 300 votes in the assembly.[9]


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


  1. ^ Election Commission of Pakistan. "GENERAL ELECTIONS - 2013 PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLIES TURNOUT". Election Commission of Pakistan.
  2. ^ Dawn News. "PPP flexible on Punjab coalition: PML-N". Dawn News.
  3. ^ Express. "PML-N parts ways with PPP". The Express Tribune.
  4. ^ House of Commons Library. "Pakistan in 2013" (PDF). House of Commons Library.
  5. ^ Web Desk. "Imran Khan's 'tsunami' sweeps Lahore". The Express Tribune.
  6. ^ Declan Walsh; Salman Masood (27 May 2013). "Pakistan Faces Struggle to Keep Its Lights On". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf – Profile – Insaf – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Fans Club". Insaf – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Fans Club. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
  8. ^ From the Newspaper. "The election score". Dawn News.
  9. ^ Web Desk. "Shahbaz Sharif takes oath as Punjab chief minister". The Express Tribune.