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Interesting Facts on Politics and Elections
  • The Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth, covers an area of 31,462,574 km2 12,147,768 miles. It’s a free association of 53 independent sovereign states, most of which are former British colonies with the exceptions being the United Kingdom and Mozambique.
  • North Korea’s general election on 8 October 1962 recorded a 100% turn-out of electors and a 100% vote for Workers’ Party of Korea.
  • The largest elections of any country were those beginning on 24 December 1984 for the Indian Lok Sabha with 542 elective seats. The government of Rajiu Gandhi was returned in polls where 379,000,000 electors were eligible to vote. There were 480,000 polling stations for 5,301 candidates manned by 2.5 million staff.
  • President Charles D.B. King won the Liberian presidential election on 1927 with an officially announced figure of 234,000 - a majority over his opponent Mr. Thomas J.R. Faulkner of the People’s Party. The President thus claimed a ‘majority’ more than 15.5 times greater than the entire electorate.
  • On 18 January 1961, in Zanzibar, Afro-Shirazi Party won by a single seat of the seat of Chake-Chake on Pemba Island had been gained by a single vote. The closest general elections ever occurred in the world.
  • On 7 August 1979 in Mississippi, USA, Robert E. Joiner was declared the winner over W.H. Pyron with 133,587 votes to 133,582. That’s the narrowest recorded percentage win in an election. The loser got more than 49.999% of the votes for the office of Southern District Highway Commissioner.
  • In March, 1977, Ram Bilas Paswam, 30, the Janata candidate for Hajipur in Bihar, India set the highest ever personal majority by any politician, 424,545. The electorate was 625,179.
  • Partito Comunista Italiano has been the largest national Communist party outside USSR and communist states. It has a membership of 2,300,000 in 1946.
  • In Andorra, a person must be at least 25 years of age to be eligible for voting.
  • The State Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) elections in Karnataka on 5 March 1985 had 301 candidates for Belgaum city.
  • On 30 June 1984, President Hernan Silez Zuazo, 70 was kidnapped by more than 60 armed men from his official residence. That’s the 191st coop in Bolivia since it became a sovereign country in 1825.
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