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Provincial Legislature

At the provincial level, legislative authority is exercised by an elected Provincial Assembly for each of the four provinces located in the capital city of the respective province.

Last Updated: 27 Nov. 2014

Provincial Assembly

Provincial Legislature 1
Punjab Assembly
(Pakistan Today)

At the provincial level, the legislature exists in unicameral form i.e. an elected Provincial Assembly for each of the four provinces (Balochistan, KPK, Punjab, and Sindh), located in the capital city of the respective province (Quetta, Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi) and elected for a term of five years. The same qualifications and disqualifications for membership of the National Assembly apply to them. The Provincial Assembly is empowered to make laws for the respective province on subject matters not stated in the Federal Legislative List.

Governor

Each province has a Governor, the counterpart of the President at the federal level. The Governor is generally required to act on advice of the Chief Minister in the exercise of his functions. The Governor can dissolve the Provincial Assembly if so advised by the Chief Minister just as the President can dissolve the National Assembly if so advised by the Prime Minister.

Primary sources

Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973

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Books & Articles

International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Pakistan Factsheet: Provincial Assemblies. IFES, 2013.


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