Laos’s parliament building. Photo credit: Flickr/ilf_ (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Freedom House Rating
March 2021 (due)
March 20, 2016
Laos is due to hold parliamentary elections and provincial in March 2021.
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.
David Hutt, Asia Times (November 27, 2019): Laos democrats fight a lonely losing struggle
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Updated October 18, 2020