The Chairperson of the National Council is elected from amongst the members of the National Council through a secret ballot. The functions of the Chairperson are to preside over the National Council and enforce its rules for the orderly conduct of the proceedings, preserve dignity and decorum in the hall and maintain discipline amongst the members, sign Bills passed by the National Council, represent the National Council in its relation with the Druk Gyalpo, the Executive and the Judiciary; and establish inter-parliamentary relations.
Whenever the Chairperson from illness or other cause finds it necessary to leave the chair during any part of the sitting of the National Council, the Deputy Chairperson shall preside over such sittings, until the Chairperson resumes the chair.
The Deputy Chairperson presiding over the sitting during the period of the Chairperson’s absence shall enjoy the same powers and privileges of the Chairperson. He shall also perform the duties of the Chairperson and every such act performed by him shall have the same effect and validity as that of the Chairperson.