50 Biggest Elections in the World

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44. Taiwan
> Parliamentary election of 2012: 13,514,199 total votes
> Population: 23,230,506 (total) 18,115,247 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 74.7%
> Highlight of election:

For the first time on the island nation, legislative elections are held simultaneously with the presidential election.

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43. Romania
> Parliamentary election of 1990: 13,707,159 total votes
> Population: N/A (total) N/A (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 79.7%
> Highlight of election:

The first free elections are held in this Eastern European nation since 1937, and they are the first free elections since the overthrow of the communist regime six months earlier.

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42. Australia
> Parliamentary election of 2016: 14,262,016 total votes
> Population: 22,992,654 (total) 18,063,010 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 91.0%
> Highlight of election:

The 2016 Australian federal election is a double dissolution election to resolve deadlocks in the bicameral parliament to elect all 226 members of parliament.

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41. Venezuela
> Presidential election of 2012: 15,176,253 total votes
> Population: 28,047,938 (total) 18,511,639 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 80.3%
> Highlight of election:

Hugo Chavez is elected to a fourth term as president but dies two months into his term.

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40. Algeria
> Presidential election of 2009: 15,356,024 total votes
> Population: 34,178,188 (total) 23,315,450 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 74.6%
> Highlight of election:

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is re-elected to a third term with 90.2% of the vote.

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39. Kenya
> Presidential election of 2017: 15,590,236 total votes
> Population: 47,615,739 (total) 25,374,082 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 79.5%
> Highlight of election:

Kenya’s supreme court upholds the triumph of President Uhuru Kenyatta following a controversial rerun of presidential election.