LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
Parliamentary Chamber: Supreme People's Assembly

ELECTIONS HELD IN 1989

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Chamber:
  Supreme People's Assembly


Dates of elections / renewal (from/to):

  26 March 1989


Purpose of elections:

  Elections were held for all the seats of the newly-established Supreme People's Assembly in the first nationwide polling since 1975.


Background and outcome of elections:

  In December 1975, following the dissolution of the former bicameral Parliament elected in January 1972, a 45-member Supreme People's Council (later Assembly) was elected and entrusted with preparing a new Constitution. This work was ultimately reported to be complete in February 1986.

The road to the March 1989 Assembly elections was paved by polling at the district and provincial levels in June and November 1988, respectively. National elections were justified for economic and political reasons, to stimulate the economy and to expand "socialist democracy". Of the 121 candidates for the 79 seats, two-thirds were reported to be members of the communist Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), the most important group in the Lao Front for National Reconstruction; the latter had approved all of the candidatures. The LPRP emerged with 65 of the seats at stake.

In the wake of the elections, it was announced that the new Constitution would be promulgated within one year and that a new government would thereafter be formed. The current Chairman of the Council of Ministers is Mr. Kaysone Phomvihane. The newly-elected Assembly held its inaugural session from 30 May to 2 June 1989.

STATISTICS
Round no 1 (26 March 1989): Elections results  
Number of registered electors 1,800,000(approx.)

Distribution of seats according to sex:  
Men: 72
Women: 7


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