April 19, 2006 Held


Kingdom of Thailand

Election for Sapha Phuthaen Ratsadon (Thai House of Representatives)

General Information

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)

Gender Data:

·         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)

Disability Data:

·         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.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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