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The Largest Political Division

The Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth, covers an area of 31,462,574 km2 12,147,768 miles2. 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.


The Most Decisive Election

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 Election

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.


The Most Bent Election

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.


The Closest Election

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.


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