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Bhutan

Kingdom of Bhutan

750,125 7

Population (as of July 1, 2016)

Elections in our database

59.05%

Registered Voters (as of )

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Bhutanese National Assembly Gyelyong Tshogdu Lower House
Bhutanese National Council Gyelyong Tshogde Upper House

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Tshering TOBGAY
  • Assembly: Bhutan has a bicameral Parliament (Chi Tshog) consisting of the National Council (Gyelyong Tshogde) with 25 seats and the National Assembly (Gyelyong Tshogdu) with 47 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The King is hereditary head of state.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the National Council (Gyelyong Tshogde), 20 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms and 5 members are appointed by the monarch to serve 5-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Gyelyong Tshogdu) 47 members are elected by majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.**

* Members of the upper house National Council cannot belong to any political party.

** Members of the lower house National Assembly represent political parties.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Bhutanese National Council 2007-12-31 147,789 269,337 54.87%
Bhutanese National Assembly 2008-03-24 253,012 318,465 79.45%
Bhutanese National Council 2013-04-23 168,180 379,819 44.28%
Bhutanese National Assembly 2013-05-31 211,018 381,790 55.27%
Bhutanese National Assembly 2013-07-13 252,493 381,790 66.13%
Bhutanese National Council 2018-04-20 234,470 432,030 54.27%
Bhutanese National Assembly 2018-11-30 - - -

Voter Turnout