Over 100 million Pakistani citizens will head to the polls on July 25 to elect a new prime minister and 849 state ministers in this year’s general elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan reports.
To gain a simple majority in the National Assembly, a political party must win at least 172 seats at the national level. However, the party with the highest representation wins the right to elect the next prime minister. Among the top contenders for head of government are three politicians from Pakistan’s largest parties.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
The candidate for the nation’s largest center-left party, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The 29-year-old pursues his political lineage as the only son of late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband Asif Ali Zardari, and grandson of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali