PML (N) had declared to boycott January elections immediately after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The fate of PPP was undecided until after BB's will was read out at Bhutto residence in Larkana. It was decided on 30th December that PPP will contest January 8 elections and that Makhdoom Amin Fahim will contest for Prime Minister. Shortly after their decision, PML (N) also decided to contest the elections.
The Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed the elections scheduled for 8th January, 2008. They have yet to decide a date for the elections. The move came after all political parties contesting the elections, except PPP, requested that they be postponed until second week of March. The party leaders had expressed their concerns over safety and security during the rallies held as part of their respective political campaigns.