Special Report

50 Biggest Elections in the World

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38. Tanzania, United Republic of
> Presidential election of 2015: 15,596,110 total votes
> Population: 51,045,882 (total) 24,994,742 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 67.3%
> Highlight of election:

John Magufuli, a chemist by trade and an anti-corruption candidate, wins 58% of the vote in Tanzania’s presidential election.

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37. Colombia
> Presidential election of 2014: 15,794,940 total votes
> Population: 46,245,297 (total) 30,134,194 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 47.9%
> Highlight of election:

Juan Manuel Santos is re-elected president. The result is seen by political observers as an endorsement of the president’s continuing peace talks with rebel group FARC.

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36. North Korea
> Parliamentary election of 2015: 17,000,000 total votes
> Population: N/A (total) N/A (voting age)
> Voter turnout: N/A
> Highlight of election:

Local elections are held in North Korea for the first since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011.

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35. Canada
> Parliamentary election of 2015: 17,711,983 total votes
> Population: 35,099,836 (total) 28,512,041 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 68.3%
> Highlight of election:

Justin Trudeau, whose father was prime minister, is elected PM after the Liberal Party prevents the Conservative Party from winning a fourth straight mandate.

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34. Peru
> Parliamentary election of 2016: 18,731,066 total votes
> Population: 30,741,062 (total) 20,909,390 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 81.9%
> Highlight of election:

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former World Bank economist, wins the presidency of Peru by less than half a percentage point over Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former President Alberto Fujimori.

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33. Congo, Democratic Republic of
> Parliamentary election of 2011: 18,911,572 total votes
> Population: 71,712,867 (total) 34,036,859 (voting age)
> Voter turnout: 59.1%
> Highlight of election:

President Joseph Kabila is declared the winner of the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, igniting protests and prompting a claim to power by his top challenger.