50 Biggest Elections in the World

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17. Italy
> Parliamentary election of 1992: 41,479,764 total votes
> Population: 56,859,000 (total) 44,918,610 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 87.4%
> Highlight of election:

A strong majority of Italians vote in the first election held with the Democratic Party of the Left, replacing the disbanded Italian Communist Party.

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16. Nigeria
> Presidential election of 2003: 42,018,735 total votes
> Population: 129,934,911 (total) 64,319,246 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 69.1%
> Highlight of election:

Olusegun Obasanjo wins the presidency, but no opposition party recognizes the results due to widespread electoral fraud.

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15. Philippines
> Parliamentary election of 2016: 44,549,212 total votes
> Population: 102,624,209 (total) 61,728,990 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 82.0%
> Highlight of election:

Rodrigo Duterte wins the presidency with 39% of the vote.

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14. Pakistan
> Parliamentary election of 2013: 46,217,482 total votes
> Population: 193,238,868 (total) 114,309,516 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 53.6%
> Highlight of election:

Pakistan Muslim League wins the majority of seats.

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13. Turkish
> Presidential power referendum of 2017: 48,500,000 total votes
> Population: N/A (total) N/A (voting age)
> Voter turnout: N/A
> Highlight of election:

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential powers are expanded with the passing of several new constitutional amendments.