At stake in this election:
- 342 seats in the National Assembly
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: President Pervez MUSHARRAF *
- Head of Government: Interim Prime Minister Mohammadmian SOOMRO
- Assembly: Pakistan has a bicameral Parliament (Majlis-e-Shoora) consisting of the Senate with 100 seats and the National Assembly with 342 seats.
* The Electoral College consists of members of the Senate, National Assembly and the Provincial Assemblies.
Description of electoral system:
- The President is elected by an electoral college to serve a 5-year term.
- Interim Prime Minister is elected by parliament.
- In the Senate 100 members are elected by indirect vote to serve 6-year terms*. In the National Assembly 342 members are elected by party-list system with proportional distribution of seats to serve 5-year terms.**
* Senate members are indirectly elected by the provincial assemblies and the territories