March 4, 2000 Held


Kingdom of Thailand

Election for Wuthisapha (Thai Senate)

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 200 seats in the Senate (Wuthisapha)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: King BHUMBOL Adunyadej
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister CHUAN Leekpai
  • 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 a hereditary monarch.
  • In the Senate (Wuthisapha) 200 members are elected by popular vote to serve 6-year terms. In the House of Representatives (Sapha Phuthaen Ratsadon) 500 members are elected by popular vote to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the election:

  • Independents
    • Seats won in this election: 200

Last Parliamentary election:

  • This is the first election to the Senate (Wuthisapha). Parliamentary elections were last held on November 17, 1996, when 391 seats to the House of Representatives were decided .

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 60,609,046 (July 1999 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 38,000,000 (1996)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 31,688,434 (2000)

·         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: 21 (Senate) following the 2000 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: 9,091,356 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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