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Pakistan National and Provincial Assembly Elections, 10 October 2002

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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The Political Context

Pakistan came into being on 14 August 1947 through the Independence Act (1947) providing for the partition of India into two independent dominions. Pakistan and India each had a Governor-General and a Constituent Assembly with powers to legislate and to frame their respective constitutions. In Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, or Quaid e Azam (the Great Leader), as he had become known, took over as Governor-General and was subsequently elected as President of the Constituent Assembly.

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