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Gyelyong Tshogde (National Council)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Chi Tshog / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Gyelyong Tshogde / National Council
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Tshogdu / National Assembly
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) 20 April 2018
Purpose of elections 121 candidates, including six women, vied for the 20 seats at stake in the 25-member National Council. All candidates ran as independents since membership of the National Council is not party-based, unlike the National Assembly. Only five of the 12 incumbents seeking re-election were returned to the National Council. The new members, with the average age of 40, come from a range of professional backgrounds, including teachers, entrepreneurs, planners, lawyers, an actor and a journalist.

Two women were elected, up from none in 2013. Turnout increased from 45 to 54 percent, due in part to the introduction of the postal voting system in the mountainous country where accessibility and transport have been a major barrier to many voters. Bhutanese abroad were allowed to cast a postal ballot for the first time in 2018.
Date of previous elections: 23 April 2013

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: 9 May 2018

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: April 2023

Number of seats at stake: 20 (full renewal)

Number of candidates: 121 (115 men, 6 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 5%

Number of parties contesting the election: N/A
Membership of the National Council is not party-based.

Number of parties winning seats: N/A

Alternation of power: Not applicable

Number of parties in government: N/A

Names of parties in government: N/A

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 10 May 2018

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Tashi Dorji
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 120 April 2018
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
432'030
234'535 (54.29%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
18
2
10.00%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Sources:
National Council (15.05.2018)
http://results.ecb.bt/nc2018/
http://www.nationalcouncil.bt/
http://www.kuenselonline.com/the-third-nc-election/
https://thediplomat.com/2018/04/record-turnout-in-bhutan-elects-third-national-council/

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