Laos Parliamentary Elections: March 2021 (due)


Laos’s parliament building. Photo credit: Flickr/ilf_ (CC BY-SA 2.0)

KEY FACTS
Freedom House Rating

Not Free
Government Type
Communist State
Population
7.4 million
UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Parliamentary Elections
March 2021 (due)
PAST ELECTIONS
Parliamentary Elections
March 20, 2016

Laos is due to hold parliamentary elections and provincial in March 2021.

Political Context

Laos is a one-party communist state. Democracy activists and dissidents face arrest and forced disappearances. In previous elections, all candidates are members of (or approved by) the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LRPR). Moreover, there is no organized opposition in the country. Therefore, elections are neither free nor fair, and do not offer voters any real choices.

In 2016, Laos held provincial elections for the first time. But similar to the parliamentary elections, the provincial polls did not meet standards for free or fair elections.

Curated News and Analysis

David Hutt, Asia Times (November 27, 2019): Laos democrats fight a lonely losing struggle

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Updated October 18, 2020

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