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Bhutan

Kingdom of Bhutan

725,296 7

Population (as of July 1, 2013)

Elections in our database

381,790 59.65%

Registered Voters (as of July 1, 2013)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
King King Head of State
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government
National Assembly Gyelyong Tshogdu Lower House
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
National Assembly 2007-12-31 - 312,331 -
National Council 2007-12-31 165,962 312,331 53.14%
National Council 2008-03-24 - 318,465 -
National Assembly 2008-03-24 253,012 318,465 79.45%
National Council 2013-04-23 168,180 379,819 44.28%
National Assembly 2013-05-31 211,018 381,790 55.27%
National Assembly 2013-07-13 252,493 381,790 66.13%

Voter Turnout