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The General Election in Pakistan, 3 February 1997

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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 Legal Framework and Preparations for the Elections

The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (1973) provides a federal structure of government for the four provinces of Balochistan, the North-West Frontier Province, the Punjab and Sindh, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Islamabad Capital Territory. It is cast in an essentially parliamentary form but various amendments since 1973 have introduced elements of a presidential system.

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