Election Commission of Bhutan

The Election Commission of Bhutan is an independent constitutional entity established in 2006 to supervise, direct and control elections in Bhutan, beginning with the conduct of first Parliamentary Elections in 2008 for the country’s transition to democratic governance.
His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo on 30th November 2001 commanded the drafting of a written constitution for the Kingdom of Bhutan. Addressing the drafting committee of eminent representatives of the government, the clergy and the people, His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo said,
"It is important for all of us today to look into the future and to take the necessary steps to shape the destiny of our country. Bhutan must move with the times… (therefore) should not be deterred by the fact that democratic political systems did not work in some countries…”
According to the Constitution, the form of government will be Democratic Constitutional Monarchy and the sovereign power of the people will be exercised through the conduct of periodic free and fair elections and referendums. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan was adopted on 18th July 2008 by the newly constituted Parliament in its First Session which also enacted the 3 Electoral Acts: Election Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan, Public Election Fund Act and National Referendum Act.
His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appointed Dasho Kunzang Wangdi as the first Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan on 31st December 2005.