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Statistical Information on Elections in Bhutan (2006-2015)

As Bhutan celebrated its 100 glorious years of Monarchy in 2008 under the reign of the Wangchuk Dynasty, the country became a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy. The democratic transition was marked by the conduct of first ever Parliamentary Elections. The elections saw a voter turnout of 53.05% in the National Council Election and a remarkably high turnout of 79.38% at the National Assembly Elections in 2008 that instituted the first democratically elected government for the first five years term. Ever since its inception in 2006, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB), besides successfully conducting the first parliamentary elections, also conducted various other elections. Following the elections in 2008, the ECB conducted the first Local Government Elections for the Dzongkhag Thromdes and Gewog Tshogdes in 2010 and 2011 in different phases, and series of reelections and by-elections for the vacant Local Government Demkhongs. It was followed systematically by the Second Parliamentary Elections to National Council and National Assembly conducted in 2013 with 45.15%, 55.27% and 66.13 % voter turnout in the National Council and Primary Round and General Election respectively.


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