50 Biggest Elections in the World

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50. Ghana
> Presidential election of 2012: 11,246,982 total votes
> Population: 24,652,402 (total) 13,682,083 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 80.2%
> Highlight of election:

John Dramani Mahama is declared president-elect after getting 50.7% of the vote amid claims the result was manipulated.

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49. Malaysia
> Parliamentary election of 2013: 11,257,147 total votes
> Population: 29,628,392 (total) 17,883,697 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 84.8%
> Highlight of election:

Malaysia’s governing coalition wins a majority of parliamentary seats in the biggest turnout in the country’s history.

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48. Syrian Arab Republic
> Presidential election of 2014: 11,634,412 total votes
> Population: 17,951,639 (total) 10,852,241 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 73.4%
> Highlight of election:

President Bashar al-Assad gains a landslide victory in the war-torn nation with almost 88% of the vote.

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47. Sudan
> Parliamentary election of 2010: 11,646,822 total votes
> Population: 35,505,000 (total) 18,168,000 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 72.0%
> Highlight of election:

President Omar al-Bashir is declared the winner of the country’s first multi-party election in more than 20 years.

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46. Sri Lanka
> Presidential election of 2015: 12,264,377 total votes
> Population: 21,866,445 (total) 15,262,770 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 81.5%
> Highlight of election:

Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, is beaten by Maithripala Sirisena in a presidential election.

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45. Iraq
> Parliamentary election of 2014: 13,013,765 total votes
> Population: 32,585,692 (total) 16,942,233 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 60.5%
> Highlight of election:

Iraqis elect 328 lawmakers for the parliament, which then chooses Haider al-Abadi as prime minister to form an inclusive government from the Shiite alliance, Kurds, and Sunnis.