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Laos

Lao People's Democratic Republic

6,695,166 3

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

3,240,000 99.78%

Registered Voters (as of April 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
President President Head of State
National Assembly Sapha Heng Xat Assembly
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President CHOUMMALI Saignason
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister THONGSING Thammavong
  • Assembly: Laos has a unicameral National Assembly (Sapha Heng Xat) with 132 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by the National Assembly to serve a 5-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is nominated by the president.**
  • In the National Assembly (Sapha Heng Xat) 132 members are elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.***

** The Prime Minister is nominated by the president and elected by the National Assembly.

*** Members elected from a list of candidates selected by the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Assembly 2002-02-24 2,543,403 2,545,838 99.9%
National Assembly 2006-04-30 2,819,904 2,826,580 99.76%
National Assembly 2011-04-30 3,230,000 3,240,000 99.69%

Voter Turnout