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Members

The National Council has 25 members of which 20 are directly elected by the people, one from each dzongkhag, and five nominated by the Druk Gyalpo. The members do not belong to any political party. Click here to see members, their election record and how they voted on legislation.

Privileges and immunities

National Council members have certain privileges and immunities. Some of them are:

  • Freedom of speech in the proceedings of the National Council or Committee
  • Be provided information by the government and to inspect any official document in the exercise of parliamentary mandates.
  • Immunity from any inquiry, arrest, detention or prosecution on account of any opinion expressed in the discharge of functions or votes cast in the National Council or joint sitting.

Immunities do not cover corrupt acts. A member can be stripped of immunity with the concurrence of two thirds of members.  For full details of privileges and immunities refer chapter 8 of the National Council Act of Bhutan.