At stake in this election:
- 200 seats in the Senate (Wuthisapha)
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: King BHUMBOL Adunyadej
- Head of Government: Prime Minister CHUAN Leekpai
- Assembly: Thailand has a bicameral Bicameral National Assembly consisting of the Senate (Wuthisapha) with 200 seats and the House of Representatives (Sapha Phuthaen Ratsadon) with 500 seats.
Description of electoral system:
- The King is hereditary N/A.
- In the Senate (Wuthisapha) 200 members are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms. In the House of Representatives (Sapha Phuthaen Ratsadon) 500 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms.
Last Parliamentary election:
- This is the first election to the Senate (Wuthisapha). Parliamentary elections were last held on November 17, 1996, when 391 seats to the House of Representatives were decided .
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 60,609,046 (July 1999 est.)
- Registered Voters: 38,000,000 ( 1996 )