Structural Evolution of Political and Electoral System in Pakistan

A Study of First Thirty Years (1947-1977)

  • Muhammad Ahmad The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
  • Mazher Hussain The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Anwar Farooq The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan


Political system of Pakistan, from the very beginning, dangles between authoritarianism, whether military or civilian, and an urge for the legitimacy of democratic norms. As an addition to the bitterness of this fact, Pakistan, since its inception up to date, lacks representative government. The concept and functioning of election is closely related to the party system and its evolution in the democratic process. In Pakistan, the party system has gone through a long historical and evolutionary process. In this article an effort has been made to discuss and explain the political parties evolved and what changes have been experienced in their structures in the first thirty years (1947-1977).


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How to Cite
AHMAD, Muhammad; HUSSAIN, Mazher; FAROOQ, Muhammad Anwar. Structural Evolution of Political and Electoral System in Pakistan. International Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 11-21, mar. 2017. ISSN 2521-0041. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 feb. 2023.

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