At stake in this election:
- 200 seats in the Senate (Wuthisapha)
Description of government structure:
- Chief of State: King BHUMIBOL Adulyadej
- Head of Government: Prime Minister THAKSIN Shinawatra
- 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), 400 members are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 100 members are elected by party list to serve 4-year terms.
Last Parliamentary election:
- Senate elections were last held on March 4, 2000.
Population and number of registered voters:
- Population: 62,418,054 (December 2005)
- Registered Voters: 45,232,145 (April 2006)
· Female Population: 33,478,316 (2006)
· Is Thailand a signatory to CEDAW: No
· Has Thailand ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (9 August 1985)
· Gender Quota: No
· Female candidates in this election: Yes
· Number of Female Parliamentarians: 47 (Senate) following the 2006 elections
· Human Development Index Position: 93 (2014)
· Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)
· Is Thailand a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)
· Has Thailand ratified CRPD: Yes (29 July 2008)
· Population with a disability: 9,362,708 (est.)