50 Biggest Elections in the World

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32. Uzbekistan
> Presidential election of 2015: 18,942,349 total votes
> Population: 30,492,800 (total) 19,248,000 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 91.1%
> Highlight of election:

Islam Karimov’s re-election as president is criticized by observers over irregularities and lack of competition. He has been president of Uzbekistan since 1990.

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31. South Africa
> Parliamentary election of 1994: 19,726,610 total votes
> Population: 40,436,000 (total) 23,063,910 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 86.9%
> Highlight of election:

In the first elections in South Africa in which citizens of all races are allowed to take part, former political prisoner Nelson Mandela is elected the first black South African president by the National Assembly and is inaugurated the next day.

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30. Myanmar
> Parliamentary election of 2015: 23,911,784 total votes
> Population: 56,320,206 (total) 38,646,398 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 69.7%
> Highlight of election:

In the country’s first national vote that ended 50 years of military rule, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party wins a landslide victory.

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29. Poland
> Parliamentary election of 1980: 24,816,304 total votes
> Population: 35,578,016 (total) N/A (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 98.9%
> Highlight of election:

Election results are controlled by the communist government, which is beginning to confront the emerging Solidarity movement.

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28. Argentina
> Parliamentary election of 2015: 26,048,446 total votes
> Population: 43,431,886 (total) 31,996,332 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 81.1%
> Highlight of election:

Argentina shifts to the center-right after 12 years of leftist government by electing Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri as president.